Gavin Williamson news – live: Sunak's appointment as minister 'weak', Labor says

Rishi Sunak's judgment has been questioned as Sir Gavin Williamson left his cabinet just two weeks after his appointment.

Shadow Labor Secretary of State David Lammy said Sunak's appointment of Sir Gavin was "weak" and "unacceptable".

Mr Lammy suggested that the prime minister had appointed Sir Gavin as "a sort of enforcer". "It's weak. This is unacceptable. We really need to have an explanation as to why he's back in government,” he said.

Mr Sunak will appear in the House of Commons today to face MPs after losing an ally. Sir Gavin stepped down after saying allegations of intimidation had become a "distraction" from government work and he was stepping down to "clear" his name.

At the Prime Minister's Question, Sunak could face pressure to explain why he gave Sir Gavin - who has been sacked by Theresa May and Boris Johnson - the role of senior minister despite realizing he faces an investigation in relation to his behaviour.

THE MAIN POINT

  • Sunak's judgment is questioned when Williamson quits over intimidation claims
  • Gavin Williamson resigns amid scandal over 'bullying' message
  • Gavin Williamson's resignation letter to Rishi Sunak in full
  • Matt Hancock: People will see the 'real me' in I'm a Celebrity

There will be an 'landslide' vote for Hancock to eat the crocodile's anus

There will be "landslide" voting across the country for Matt Hancock to eat crocodile anus in I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, a Labor lawmaker joked.

Jonathan Reynolds, the shadow business secretary, criticized Hancock's decision to enter the jungle while parliament was still sitting.

He said it was "demeaning" to politics. Mr Hancock, former secretary of health representing West Suffolk, joins the reality TV show tonight. He said he did it to promote some of his campaigns, such as dyslexia awareness.

Matt Hancock 'didn't expect to serve in Government anymore' after I'm A Celebrity

Matt Hancock said he “didn't expect to serve in Government anymore” after taking part in I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

The former health secretary and West Suffolk MP said she had received a lot of support for her decision to appear on the ITV reality show, and said it would be a good way to engage with a younger audience.

He insists he can be reached at any time to deal with "urgent constituent issues" despite being more than 10,000 miles away in the Australian jungle.

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The former health secretary claims that she has received a lot of support for her appearance on the program despite widespread criticism

Threshold for free school meals is “always reviewed”

Secretary of Education Gillian Keegan said the threshold for free school meals was "always reviewed" but no spending decisions would be made before the November 17 Budget.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Free school meals have been something I've been looking at recently, and actually it's gone up by 300,000 in just the last few years.

“So actually the largest group of children now receiving free school meals – about 1.9 million, more than a third of children.”

When told Cabinet ministers that this means more people are falling into poverty, he noted that children continue to receive free school meals for several years even if their circumstances change.

Asked if the low threshold for eligibility would be changed, Keegan said: "These things are always under review."

“You have to wait for the Fall Budget to get answers on funding,” he added.

Education secretary: Sir Gavin did the 'right thing' by resigning

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said Sir Gavin Williamson did the "right thing" by resigning after the bullying claims.

Asked if Rishi Sunak should have fired him, he told Sky News: “I think Gavin did the right thing by resigning.

"It has the same impact, you know, he will now be on the bench and he will fight charges, as he said, which he denies."

He added that Sir Gavin had "apologised" for an "unacceptable" expletive message sent to a colleague.

He said Sir Gavin "never threatened him".

Ms Keegan told Sky News: "I've worked with him a few times and I've never seen any of that.

"He never threatened me, or he just really supported me, personally, to me."

He added: “I barely have a meeting with the whip head, which is probably a good thing.

"I know that there are some pretty strong conversations."

David Lammy: Sunak's appointment of Sir Gavin 'weak'

Rishi Sunak's appointment of Sir Gavin Williamson is "weak" and "unacceptable", the shadow foreign secretary said.

David Lammy told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think this raises real questions about the Prime Minister's judgment.


“The behavior we have heard about in the last few days is disgusting, disgusting and very, very unacceptable.

“The Prime Minister knows a lot about this, it was reported to him, why did he appoint Gavin Williamson to the Government in the first place? Why did it even take 10 days to understand what Gavin Williamson was about to do?

“He pointed to it as a sort of enforcer, it seems, because this is how he behaves.

"It's weak. This is unacceptable. We really need to have an explanation as to why he returned to the Government. ”

Sunak considers expanding the highest income tax rate

Rishi Sunak is reportedly considering expanding the highest rate of income tax.

The prime minister is in discussions to raise the highest tariff to 45 per cent, or lower the £150,000 annual income threshold, The Telegraph has reported.

Former prime minister Liz Truss overturned the 45 percent rate in such a short time in the top spot.

Raising income tax rates would also violate promises made in the Conservatives' 2019 manifesto, something Sunak has promised to keep. This article was written by EDUKASI CAMPUS.



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