Parliament's sleaze watchdog finds evidence of bullying
Former Cabinet Minister Sir Gavin Williamson has been accused of bullying former Chief Whip Wendy Morton by parliament's sleaze watchdog, the Independent Expert Panel (IEP). The panel has recommended that Sir Gavin apologize to MPs in the Commons chamber and undergo training to change his behavior.
Intimidating text messages
Sir Gavin allegedly sent intimidating text messages to Wendy Morton after not receiving tickets to the Queen's funeral. He claimed that the reason for missing out was Morton's lack of support in the recent Tory leadership election. In the messages, Sir Gavin said, "Well let's see how many more times you f*** us all over. There is a price for everything." The panel concluded that these messages were both rude and aggressive.
Bullying allegations and previous resignation
This is not the first time Sir Gavin has faced bullying allegations. He was forced to resign from Rishi Sunak's cabinet in November of last year amid a string of complaints. Known as the "master of the dark arts," Sir Gavin played a key role in rallying MPs to support Mr. Sunak's two attempts to become Prime Minister in 2022. However, he stepped down after Downing Street announced he would not wait for the outcome of ongoing investigations into his behavior.
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