Arise, Sir Gavin! Queen approves knighthood for former Education Secretary Williamson

GAVIN Williamson, who was twice sacked as a Cabinet minister, has been given a knighthood by Boris Johnson.

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Downing Street said that the Queen has approved the honour for the Tory MP, who oversaw the exams fiasco during the coronavirus pandemic.

A statement from No 10 read: “The Queen has been pleased to approve that the honour of Knighthood be conferred upon The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP.”

Mr Williamson was widely criticised for a series of errors as education secretary.

The Prime Minister sacked Mr Williamson from that role in September and he was previously dumped as defence secretary following an inquiry into a leak from the National Security Council.

No 10, asked why the knighthood was being announced now and not part of an honours list, said it was a political appointment by the Conservative Party.

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Gavin Williamson has been given a knighthood by Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)

It is understood the knighthood is being given to Mr Williamson on the basis of his political and public service.

The announcement sparked criticism from some on social media.

Broadcaster Piers Morgan tweeted: “For services to wrecking millions of kids’ education during the pandemic, Gavin Williamson is to be knighted. (I’m not joking…).”

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In a further tweet, the former Good Morning Britain host added: “I can’t handle ‘Sir’ Gavin Williamson.

“It’s such a contemptible slap in the face to the British public who’ve suffered so badly from his woeful ineptitude, and makes an absolute mockery of our already deeply flawed ‘honours’ system.

“In fact, it may kill it off altogether.”

Former Lib Dem education spokesperson Layla Moran questioned why Mr Williamson had been knighted for doing “an abominable job”.

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Ms Moran said on Twitter: “One does have to wonder… does Williamson know where all the (horcruxes) are hidden… I can’t think of any other reason why he has been honoured for doing such an abominable job.”

Labour’s shadow health secretary Wes Streeting tweeted: “Reward for failure. Shameless.”

Yasmin Qureshi, Labour MP for Bolton South East, wrote on Twitter: “Presumably it’s for services to failure in managing two sets of exam results?”

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