Gavin Williamson resigns from Government after bullying accusations

Breaking News (Evening Standard)
Breaking News (Evening Standard)

Gavin Williamson has resigned from his ministerial post in Government amid an investigation he sent abusive text messages to a colleague.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, he said: “As you know, there is an ongoing complaints process concerning text messages I sent to a colleague. I am complying with this process and have apologised to the recipient for those messages.

Since then there have been other allegations made about my past conduct. I refute the characterisations of these claims but I recognise these are becoming a distraction for the good work this government is doing for the British people.”

He added: “It is with real sadness I tender my resignation, but I want to take this opportunity to offer my full and total support from the back benches.”

It has been alleged that the former minister told a senior civil servant to “slit your throat”.

He made the remarks in front of colleagues during a meeting when he was Defence Secretary, according to a report in the Guardian.

On another occasion told the civil servant to “jump out of the window”.

Sir Gavin, the former Cabinet Office minister, has denied the allegations.