Gavin Williamson ‘told senior civil servant to slit your throat and jump out of a window’

British Minister of State without Portfolio, Gavin Williamson, walks along Whitehall in London, Britain, November 7, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville

SIR Gavin Williamson told a senior civil servant to “slit your throat” and ”jump out of a window”, it was claimed last night.

An MoD official told the Guardian Sir Gavin “deliberately demeaned and intimidated” them regularly when he was Defence Secretary between 2017 and 2019.

Sir Gavin Williamson denies claims that he ‘shouted and raged’ and told a senior official to ‘slit your throat’ in front of shocked civil servants

The official, who has left government, said the alleged behaviour was reported to the MoD’s head of human resources but did not make a formal complaint.

They told the Guardian Sir Gavin ‘shouted and raged’ and the ‘slit your throat’ comment was made in front of other shocked civil servants during a meeting.

Sir Gavin denies bullying the official.

He said in a statement: ‘I strongly reject this allegation and have enjoyed good working relationships with the many brilliant officials I have worked with across government.’

It came as ex-Cabinet minister George Eustice said the row over Sir Gavin’s texts to then Chief Whip Wendy Morton could be sorted “over a cup of tea”.

But PM Rishi Sunak has branded language used in the messages “unacceptable”.