Gavin Williamson denies sending Wendy Morton ‘threatening texts’

Gavin Williamson and Wendy Morton

Wendy Morton claims she got the messages while serving as Liz Truss’ chief whip (Image: Getty/Rex)

Government Secretary Gavin Williamson has been accused of sending “disgusting and threatening” messages to a senior Tory MP.

The controversial former education minister was brought back into cabinet by Rishi Sunak after playing a behind-the-scenes role in his leadership campaign.

But the South Staffordshire MP is already back in the spotlight after Liz Truss’ former chief whip complained about his behavior with party bosses.

Wendy Morton has handed over screenshots of messages she allegedly received during the previous government’s collapse, Tortoise Media reported.

An MP familiar with the matter told the outlet there was “quite a lot of evidence” spanning several weeks and suggested there was a misogynist undertone, although the actual content of the messages was not disclosed.

The former Whip confirmed she had made a complaint, Tortoise Media said, while a “friend” of Mr Williamson said he “strongly rejects these allegations” and was “very happy to have any communications with the former Chief Whip with CCHQ if necessary.” to share”.

Mr Williamson has twice been sacked from Cabinet by different Prime Ministers.

Gavin Williamson

Mr Williamson has been relegated to the back bench by two Prime Ministers but is back at the head of the table (Image: EPA)

He was fired by Theresa May for allegedly divulging details of national security talks about Chinese investments in the 5G network, a charge he strenuously denied.

Boris Johnson removed him from government in a reshuffle after being widely criticized for the way school exam marking was handled during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He has earned a reputation as a “fixer” in Westminster and is said to have played a crucial role in getting Mr Sunak up to No. 10 before being rewarded with the role of minister with no portfolio.

Labour’s Angela Rayner said the appointment and the allegations raise “new questions about Rishi Sunak’s sad verdict on the reinstatement of ministers who left the government amid a cloud of misconduct”.

The Prime Minister had come under pressure for the reappointment of Suella Braverman as Home Secretary less than a week after she was ousted from office.

Ms Braverman has admitted she accidentally sent confidential material to someone working for an MP and used her personal phone to access Home Office documents on six other occasions.

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