Gavin Williamson appointed as new Defence Secretary after Sir Michael Fallon resignation

Gavin Williamson appointed as new Defence Secretary after Sir Michael Fallon resignation

Williamson, the MP for South Staffordshire, was the former Chief Whip

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Gavin Williamson has been appointed to the position of Defence Secretary in the wake of Sir Michael Fallon’s departure.

Fallon handed in his resignation after admitting his behaviour in the past had fallen short of the “high standards” required for the role.

The former Defence Secretary had been the subject of reports after he’d apologised for repeatedly putting his hand on Julia Hartley-Brewer’s knee at a Conservative Party Conference dinner in 2002.

Williamson was the Chief Whip for the government, and Downing Street has announced Julian Smith will take up his former position.

It will be his first appointment to the Cabinet in his parliamentary career.

Williamson did not make any comment to journalists as he left Downing Street.

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