Gavin Williamson, who was twice sacked as a Cabinet minister and oversaw the exams fiasco which affected so many students in Lytham St.Anne’s during the coronavirus pandemic, has today (3rd March) been given a knighthood by Boris Johnson. A spokesperson for No.10 said that the Queen has approved the honour for the Tory MP, who was heavily criticised for a series of errors as education secretary. He was previously dumped as defence secretary following an inquiry into a leak from the National Security Council.
The statement said: ‘The Queen has been pleased to approve that the honour of Knighthood be conferred upon The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP.’
The Downing Street spokesperson, 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.
The move will likely anger parents, teachers and unions as there were numerous calls for his resignation throughout the pandemic.