minister resigns after allegations of ‘immoral’ behaviour

A decision that comes after a series of revelations about messages of insults and threats that he allegedly sent.

British Prime Minister Gavin Williamson announced his resignation from the new Conservative government on Tuesday evening following allegations of misconduct “immoraland sending inappropriate messages to MPs and former colleagues. “As you know, there is an ongoing complaints procedure regarding the messages I sent to a colleague”wrote Gavin Williamson, minister without portfolio, in a letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and shared on Twitter.

“Other charges have been made” and “they become a distraction to the good work of this government”, he added before announcing his retirement. His resignation – the first of the new Conservative government formed two weeks ago – comes after a series of revelations about abusive and threatening messages he allegedly sent.

In particular, he would have insulted by e-mail the former “whip” (responsible for the discipline of Conservative MPs) Wendy Morton for complaining about not having been invited to the funeral of Elizabeth II. Others accuse him of harassment when he was in the Ministry of Defense and conduct “immoral” when he himself was a “whip”. According to his former deputy whip Anne Milton, he would have used a deputy’s financial difficulties as pressure.

Describes his behavior as “unethical and immoral”she claimed on Channel 4 that she had “the impression that he liked dirty gossip and that he used it as pressure if necessary”. Other prosecutors say Gavin Williamson smeared an official when he was in the Ministry of Defense and told him to get off his back. “cut the throat” and off “jump out the window”.

The Prime Minister’s Office, the Conservative Party and the Harassment Committee in the Danish Parliament have started investigations. The appointment of Gavin Williamson, 46, in Rishi Sunak’s cabinet had already raised questions as the character split. Gavin Williamson had already been sacked twice from governments, first under Theresa May over leaked documents and then under Boris Johnson during the pandemic. Above all, Rishi Sunak would have been informed upstream about allegations against the minister, which has drawn criticism from the opposition. Rishi Sunak, who on Tuesday reiterated his confidence in his minister, indicated in the evening that he accepted his resignation. “with great sorrow“but that he “understood”.


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