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 November 10, 2022

British politician Sir Gavin Williamson quits after being accused of bullying

A senior British politician quit after being accused of "bullying," according to a report by The Washington Examiner.

On Tuesday, Sir Gavin Williamson, a Cabinet Office minister in Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's administration, announced his resignation through Twitter.

He had been accused of intimidating several other high-ranking officials, and the investigation focused largely on the profanity-filled messages he had written to the chief whip of the Conservative Party in response to accusations that she had disallowed him from attending the Queen's burial.

He disputed the allegations in his resignation letter, but said that he was resigning to better cooperate with the investigation.

"I refute the characterization of these claims, but I recognize these are becoming a distraction for the good work this government is doing for the British people," Williamson wrote.

"I have therefore decided to step back from the government so that I can comply with the complaints process that is underway and clear my name of any wrongdoing," the minister went on.

Texts to Wendy Morton, published in the Sunday Times, from Williamson showed him using multiple expletives in his conversations about Morton, who he said he in no way kept from the royal funeral.

He asked her not to bother "asking anything from me" and ordered her not to "push me about." Additionally, he called her behavior "totally repulsive."

"Well let's see how many more times you f*** us all over. There is a price for everything," he said, appearing to threaten her.

Williamson's actions, according to Morton's complaint to the authorities, amounted to "bullying and intimidation" of her.

"I do not make this complaint lightly and wish for my name to be kept anonymous, however, his messaging to me falls far below the standard of what should be expected of anyone in public office," she wrote in her complaint.

Williamson previously apologized for the texts, telling the Sunday Times, "I of course regret getting frustrated about the way colleagues and I felt we were being treated. I am happy to speak with Wendy and I hope to work positively with her in the future as I have in the past."

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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