Gavin Williamson resigns from Cabinet

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Nigel Farage has lambasted the Conservative party for appointing a “social misfit” like Gavin Williamson in the first place, hours after the Cabinet Office minister resigned over bullying claims. On Tuesday, Mr Williamson resigned from the post of Cabinet Office Minister amid accusations of bullying.

The MP had been accused of sending abusive messages to a fellow Tory MP last month and of bullying a senior civil servant as defence secretary.

In a letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Sir Gavin said he “refutes” the characterisation of his conduct but that the claims were becoming a distraction.

Speaking to Dan Wootton about the resignation, Mr Farage said: “It’s an example of the low caliber of people in today’s Conservative Party including those in Cabinet.

“How does a creep like that reach the Cabinet position?

“He is a social misfit. He lost the defence job because it was said he leaked the confident military papers. He is low grade.

“In the real world, he had done nowhere. Sadly that’s what today’s careerist Tory Party is.

“It’s stuffed full of people like that, with the odd honourable exception.

“If the phrases attributed to Williamson are correct, it shows a guy who lacks judgment at every level.”

The former Cabinet Office Minister later tweeted he would not be taking any severance pay, adding that the money should go towards the Government’s priorities such as “reducing the NHS’s waiting lists”.

Responding to his letter, Mr Sunak said he accepted his resignation “with great sadness” and thanked Sir Gavin for his “personal support and loyalty”.

Mr Sunak wrote: “Your commitment to successive Conservative Governments and the party over the years has been unwavering.”

Former chief whip Wendy Morton has handed over a series of expletive-laden text messages from Sir Gavin to Parliament’s bullying watchdog and made a complaint to Tory HQ about his conduct.

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Following a report in the Guardian that Sir Gavin told a senior civil servant to “slit your throat” and “jump out of the window” when he was defence secretary, No 10 said it would be conducting its own informal investigation.

This is the third time Sir Gavin has had to leave Government, having already been sacked from Cabinet twice previously – as education secretary and defence secretary.

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