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Gavin Williamson approached for knight title – .


Gavin Williamson is called to become a knight in a move likely to anger parents, teachers and unions.

The former education secretary is expected to be on the prime minister’s next list of honors after being sacked in the reshuffle, Whitehall sources say.

When approached by The Telegraph, the South Staffordshire MP declined to comment, saying it was ‘not something I have heard of’.

But there are suggestions that Boris Johnson could have made the offer to soften the blow of Mr Williams’ departure from Cabinet on Wednesday.

Although his dismissal was anticipated after facing much criticism over his handling of his departmental responsibilities during the Covid-19 crisis, Mr Johnson had kept him in office despite numerous calls for his resignation.

The gaffe-prone politician made headlines again last week by mistaking England footballer Marcus Rashford for rugby player Maro Itoje.

Ridiculed by the press as a “Private Pike” character and compared to the hapless Frank Spencer from the television series Some Mothers Do ‘Ave’ Em by his own Conservative colleagues, Mr. Williamson’s days were long numbered.

Yet until Wednesday, the former chief whip’s reputation as a “master of the dark arts” who “knows where bodies are buried” seemed to have given him some job security.

Mr Johnson is believed to attribute the Scarborough-born father of two and owner of a tarantula to helping him win the Tory leadership race in 2019.

With Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, Mr Williamson was behind the scourging operation which saw the former London mayor gain the support of two-thirds of Conservative MPs.

After being fired, Mr Williamson tweeted:

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