British Minister Williamson resigns

Foreign Secretary Gavin Williamson resigns. Allegations of bullying proved fatal for the conservative politician.

Sir Gavin Williamson resigns.

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(dpa) After just two weeks in office, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has lost his first cabinet member. On Tuesday evening, Foreign Secretary Sir Gavin Williamson, sitting at the cabinet table without a portfolio, tipped off his hat. The Conservative MP has come under pressure in recent days over various allegations of bullying.

Sunak Williamson recently expressed confidence but described his choice of words to a party friend in text messages that have become public as “unacceptable”. Sunak emphasized that he wanted to wait for the results of the internal investigation.

After more allegations were made on Tuesday, Williamson suffered the consequences alone. “I reject the statements made in these allegations but recognize that they distract from the good work this government is doing for the British people,” Williamson wrote in his resignation letter to the prime minister.

Williamson’s resignation is likely to cast doubt on Sunak’s ability to steer his conservative governing party, which has been deeply divided and falling into chaos of late, into calmer waters. He took over just two weeks ago from Liz Truss, who was forced out by her own faction after just seven weeks in office. Truss succeeded Boris Johnson, who was ousted due to numerous scandals, in early September.

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