Gavin Williamson was the primary minister to be eliminated in Boris Johnson’s cupboard reshuffle after a tumultuous time as training secretary.
Having supported Mr Johnson’s management marketing campaign and being rewarded with a high job, the 45-year-old profession politician stated it had been a “privilege to function training secretary since 2019”.
Mr Williamson was moved to the transient after serving as defence secretary underneath Theresa Might and chief whip earlier than that, after main her marketing campaign to develop into prime minister.
It has been a privilege to function Schooling Secretary since 2019. Regardless of the challenges of the worldwide pandemic, I’m notably happy with the transformational reforms I’ve led in Publish 16 training: in additional training schools, our Expertise agenda, apprenticeships and extra.
— Gavin Williamson (@GavinWilliamson) September 15, 2021
There have been rumours he could be shifted to Northern Eire secretary by Mr Johnson as he was parliamentary non-public secretary to Hugo Swire when he was Northern Eire secretary in 2011 and was a member of the Northern Eire Affairs Choose Committee.
Nevertheless, the Yorkshireman, who has been MP for South Staffordshire since 2010, is known to have rejected a transfer so returns to the backbenches after 4 years on the entrance.
His removing was of little shock to many after Mr Williamson oversaw the faculties fiasco final yr by which an algorithm was used to find out A-level and GCSE grades in England following the cancellation of exams because of the pandemic.
Mr Williamson carried out a U-turn and the algorithm was ultimately scrapped however regardless of requires his resignation, he remained in his publish.
He additionally clung on this yr after GCSE exams have been cancelled and Mr Williamson stated college students’ behaviour had develop into worse over lockdown, prompting a backlash from dad and mom and academics.
Labour’s shadow training secretary Kate Inexperienced stated the fiasco was Mr Williamson’s “legacy”.
“Gavin Williamson has failed kids and younger folks, their dad and mom and our hard-working training employees all through one of the testing durations in our historical past,” she stated.
“Two years of exams chaos and employees deserted, unsupported and demoralised. That’s Gavin Williamson’s legacy.
“The prime minister has allowed this to occur, holding a failing training secretary in publish for months and refusing to struggle for youngsters’s futures.”
Mr Williamson’s most up-to-date gaffe occurred simply final week after he appeared to confuse England footballer Marcus Rashford with England rugby participant Maro Itoje, who can also be black.
The MP, whose dad and mom have been each Labour voters, has had a protracted relationship with the training sector, changing into nationwide chair of Conservative College students in 1997 and accusing the Nationwide Union of College students of performing like a “department of the Labour Get together”.
His spouse, with who he has two kids, can also be a former instructor and he was a college governor.
The now-backbencher, who was a county councillor earlier than he turned an MP, additionally labored as a supervisor at a fire producer then co-owned a pottery agency and labored for an architectural design agency earlier than changing into an MP in 2010, after standing unsuccessfully in 2005.
He rapidly climbed the parliamentary ladder and was parliamentary non-public secretary to then-prime minister David Cameron in 2013.
Shortly after changing into defence secretary in 2017, he was referred to as out for eating with the spouse of a former Putin minister in trade for a £30,000 donation to the Conservative Get together.
He then claimed Jeremy Corbyn met a Czech diplomat, who turned out to be a spy, within the 80s and was instructed to “deal with his job” by Labour.
Mr Williamson made headlines once more in 2018 after the Salisbury poisonings for saying: “Frankly, Russia ought to go away, and it ought to shut up”.
Russia responded by saying that “market wench discuss….displays his excessive mental impotency”, nevertheless Ukraine’s president backed Mr Williamson up.
He was requested to resign from his place as defence secretary after Theresa Might stated she had “compelling proof” Mr Williamson had leaked confidential Nationwide Safety Council info associated to Huawei’s potential involvement within the UK’s 5G community – one thing he “swore on his kids’s lives” he was not liable for.
Not a stranger to controversy, Mr Williamson admitted he had an affair whereas working at a fire firm in 2004, calling it a “dreadful mistake”.
He additionally drew ire from parliamentary authorities in 2016 for holding a Mexican redknee tarantula referred to as Cronus in his parliamentary workplace whereas he was chief whip.