Gavin Williamson

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Gavin Williamson
Gavin Wiliamson - 2010.JPG
Williamson in 2010
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister
Assumed office
7 October 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Sam Gyimah
Member of Parliament
for South Staffordshire
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Sir Patrick Cormack
Majority 16,590 (32.9%)
Personal details
Born Gavin Alexander Williamson
(1976-06-25) 25 June 1976 (age 38)
Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Joanne Eland
Alma mater University of Bradford

This article is about the English politician. For other people with the same name, see Gavin Williamson (disambiguation).

Gavin Alexander Williamson (born 25 June 1976)[1] is an English Conservative Party politician. He was elected at the 2010 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for South Staffordshire.[2] Williamson was parliamentary private secretary (PPS) to Patrick McLoughlin as Secretary of State for Transport.[3] Williamson was then appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister under David Cameron in October 2013.[4]

Early life and family[edit]

Williamson originally hails from Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Williamson was educated at his local comprehensive, Raincliffe School, and the Scarborough Sixth Form College, before attending the University of Bradford, where he obtained a BSc degree in social sciences.[5] He is married to Joanne who was a primary school teacher before they had children; they have two daughters Annabel and Grace.[6]


Williamson was elected a County Councillor in 2001, for the Seamer division. After 2005, Williamson then moved to Derbyshire.[7]

Williamson was the penultimate national chairman of Conservative Students before it was abolished in 1998 and the separate youth wings of the party were united as Conservative Future. In 2005, he stood as a Conservative candidate in Blackpool North & Fleetwood, but failed to gain the seat from Labour.[7]

Williamson has been Deputy Chairman of Staffordshire Area Conservatives, Chairman of Stoke on Trent Conservative Association and Vice Chairman of Derbyshire Dales Conservative Association.[6]

In October 2011, Williamson was appointed PPS to Hugo Swire MP, Minister of State for Northern Ireland.[8] In September 2012, Williamson was made PPS to the Rt. Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport. Before becoming an MP, Gavin worked in the Staffordshire pottery industry. He was also a managing director of a small regional office within a large property consultancy.[7]

In October 2013 The Speaker told off Gavin Williamson for being noisy just as PMQs was getting underway, and told Gavin his job was just to nod and carry notes.[9]


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Patrick Cormack
Member of Parliament for South Staffordshire
2010 – present