Gavin Williamson

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The Right Honourable
Gavin Williamson
CBE MP
Official portrait of Gavin Williamson crop 2.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 Hollingbery
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 22,733 (44.3%)
Personal details
Born Gavin Alexander Williamson
(1976-06-25) 25 June 1976 (age 41)
Scarborough, England, UK
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Joanne Eland
Alma mater University of Bradford
Website Official website

Gavin Alexander Williamson CBE PC (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 PPS to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, in October 2013. On 14 July 2016 he was appointed Chief Whip in Theresa May's government.[3]

Early life[edit]

Williamson is originally from Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Both of his parents were Labour voters.[4] Williamson was educated at East Ayton Primary School, at Raincliffe School, and the Scarborough Sixth Form College, where he studied 'Government and Politics' and 'Economics' as A-levels. He obtained a BSc in Social Sciences from the University of Bradford.[5]

Career[edit]

Williamson was the penultimate national chairman of Conservative Students, before it was abolished in 1998 and the separate youth wings of the party were amalgamated as Conservative Future. He was elected a county councillor in 2001 for the Seamer division but later stood down in 2005.

Before becoming an MP, Williamson worked in the Staffordshire pottery industry and for an architectural design firm.[6][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.[8] Williamson has been deputy chairman of Staffordshire Area Conservatives, Chairman of Stoke-on-Trent Conservative Association and vice-chairman of Derbyshire Dales Conservative Association.[8]

In the 2005 General Election, he unsuccessfully stood as the Conservative Party candidate in Blackpool North and Fleetwood.[6] After 2005, Williamson then moved to Derbyshire.[6]

Member of Parliament[edit]

In the 2010 General Election, Williamson was successfully elected in South Staffordshire and was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Hugo Swire, Minister of State for Northern Ireland, in October 2011.[9] 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.[10]

In Parliament, Williamson was a member of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee and was Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Motor Neuron Disease.[11]

Following the Conservative Party's election victory at the 2015 General Election, Williamson was sworn of the Privy Council on 14 May 2015.[12]

Chief Whip[edit]

Following David Cameron's resignation, Williamson "privately vowed" to stop the front-runner Boris Johnson from becoming Conservative Party leader. He assessed Theresa May to be the likeliest candidate to beat Johnson, offered his help to her, and was invited to be her parliamentary campaign manager.[13] Following May's ascension, Williamson was appointed Chief Whip.[14]

Following the Con–DUP pact after the 2017 General Election, Gavin Williamson visited Belfast to discuss arrangements with the DUP.[15]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Joanne, a former primary school teacher. The couple have two daughters, Annabel and Grace.[8] He was a Charitable Trustee at a Citizen's Advice Bureau, and a school governor.[16]

Views[edit]

Williamson supported the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union during the 2016 European Union referendum.[17]

Controversies[edit]

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".[18]

He has also received criticism from parliamentary authorities over bringing his pet tarantula Cronus to the Houses of Parliament.[19]

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".[20]

In popular culture[edit]

In the BBC2 docudrama Theresa v Boris: How May Became PM, Williamson was played by Daniel Casey.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Conservative Party | People | Members of Parliament | Gavin Williamson MP". Conservatives.com. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "About Gavin". Rt. Hon. Gavin Williamson MP. 
  3. ^ "Profile: Gavin Williamson, the “baby-faced assassin” who is now Chief Whip – Conservative Home". 
  4. ^ Eaton, George. "Gavin Williamson: the cunning Tory chief whip with a tarantula on his desk". The New Statesman. 
  5. ^ "Who's Who". Ukwhoswho.com. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "ConservativeHome's Seats & Candidates blog: Gavin Williamson selected for South Staffordshire". Conservativehome.blogs.com. 30 January 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "About Gavin". Rt. Hon. Gavin Williamson MP. 
  8. ^ a b c "The Rt. Hon. Gavin Williamson CBE MP". South Staffordshire – Conservative Association. 
  9. ^ "PoliticsHome.com". PoliticsHome.com. 
  10. ^ "Gavin Williamson MP". Democracy Live. BBC News. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "About Gavin". Rt. Hon. Gavin Williamson MP. 
  12. ^ http://privycouncil.independent.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Privy-Council-business-and-order-14-may-2015.pdf
  13. ^ Eaton, George. "Gavin Williamson: the cunning Tory chief whip with a tarantula on his desk". The New Statesman. 
  14. ^ Eaton, George. "Gavin Williamson: the cunning Tory chief whip with a tarantula on his desk". The New Statesman. 
  15. ^ "Who is the most powerful person in Britain?". ITV. 11 June 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  16. ^ "About Gavin". Rt. Hon. Gavin Williamson MP. 
  17. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn’t and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  18. ^ "PMQs: Speaker tells Cameron PPS to nod and carry notes". BBC News. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  19. ^ McCann, Kate. "Revealed: The first picture of Cronus, the chief whip's pet tarantula". The Telegraph. 
  20. ^ "Resignation Honours 2016" (pdf). GOV.UK. Cabinet Office. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  21. ^ Eaton, George. "Gavin Williamson: the cunning Tory chief whip with a tarantula on his desk". The New Statesman. 

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Preceded by
Patrick Cormack
Member of Parliament
for South Staffordshire

2010–present
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Preceded by
Mark Harper
Chief Whip of the House of Commons
2016–present
Incumbent
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
2016–present
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2016–present
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