Gavin Williamson

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The Right Honourable
Gavin Williamson
CBE MP
Gavin Wiliamson - 2010.JPG
Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
Assumed office
14 July 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by Mark Harper
Parliamentary Private Secretary to
the Prime Minister
In office
7 October 2013–13 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Sam Gyimah
Succeeded by George Hollingberry
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Transport
In office
11 September 2012–7 October 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Andrew Jones
Succeeded by Iain Stewart
& Julian Sturdy
Member of Parliament
for South Staffordshire
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Patrick Cormack
Majority 20,371 (41.1%)
Personal details
Born Gavin Alexander Williamson
(1976-06-25) 25 June 1976 (age 40)
Scarborough, England, UK
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Joanne Eland
Alma mater University of Bradford
Website Official website

Gavin Alexander Williamson, CBE (born 25 June 1976) is a British Conservative Party politician. He was elected at the 2010 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for South Staffordshire.[1] Williamson was parliamentary private secretary (PPS) to Patrick McLoughlin as Secretary of State for Transport.[2] Williamson was then appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister David Cameron in October 2013. He was appointed the Government Chief Whip in Theresa May's new Government on 14 July 2016.[citation needed]

Early life and family[edit]

Williamson originally hails from Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Williamson was educated at his local primary East Ayton Primary School, comprehensive, Raincliffe School, and the Scarborough Sixth Form College, before attending the University of Bradford, where he obtained a BSc degree in social sciences.[3] He is married to Joanne who was a primary school teacher before they had children; they have two daughters Annabel and Grace.[4]

Career[edit]

Williamson was elected a County Councillor in 2001, for the Seamer division. After 2005, Williamson then moved to Derbyshire.[5]

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. At the 2005 general election, he stood as a Conservative candidate in Blackpool North & Fleetwood, but failed to gain the seat from Labour.[5]

Before becoming an MP, Williamson worked in the Staffordshire pottery industry, and within a large property consultancy.[5] Williamson has been Deputy Chairman of Staffordshire Area Conservatives, Chairman of Stoke on Trent Conservative Association and Vice-Chairman of Derbyshire Dales Conservative Association.[4]

Having been elected in South Staffordshire at the 2010 general election, Williamson was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Hugo Swire, Minister of State for Northern Ireland, in October 2011.[6] In September 2012, Williamson was made PPS to the Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, and in 2013 became PPS to the Prime Minister, David Cameron.[7]

In October 2013, Gavin Williamson was reprimanded by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, for being noisy during Prime Minister's Questions. Bercow told Williamson that his job was to "nod his head in the appropriate places, and to fetch and carry notes".[8]

Following the Conservative Party's election victory at the 2015 General Election, Williamson was sworn of the Privy Council on 14 May 2015.[9]

Honours[edit]

In the 2016 Prime Minister's Resignation Honours, Williamson was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) "for political and public service".[10]

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

2010–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Harper
Chief Whip of the House of Commons
2016–present
Incumbent
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
2016–present
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mark Harper
Conservative Chief Whip of the House of Commons
2016–present
Incumbent