British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is standing by a government minister who has been accused of bullying a colleague, cabinet office minister Oliver Dowden said on Sunday, saying the phone messages in question were sent “in the heat of the moment.”.
The allegations, reported by the Sunday Times newspaper, have surfaced only days following criticism of Sunak for
reappointing Suella Braverman as interior minister after she was fired by his predecessor for breaching email security rules.
The Sunday Times published text messages sent by Gavin Williamson, a minister in the cabinet office, to the former chief whip, or Conservative Party enforcer, Wendy Morton, in which he criticized her and used expletive-ridden language.
The newspaper said he was angry about not being invited to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral and that Morton had made an official
complaint to the governing party.
“These were said in the heat of the moment, expressing frustration. It was a difficult time for the party. I think he now accepts that he shouldn’t have done it and he regrets doing so,” Dowden told Sky News.
“He shouldn’t have sent those messages ... But of course the prime minister continues to have confidence in Gavin
Since being appointed as Britain’s third prime minister in two months almost two weeks ago, Sunak has come under pressure for his government appointments, particularly Braverman’s reappointment as interior minister.
She has been criticised by some lawmakers for inflaming tensions over immigration by saying Britain faces an “invasion”
from people travelling in small boats crossing the English Channel.
“Rishi Sunak’s pledge to restore integrity, professionalism and accountability has been exposed as nothing more than hollow
words,” said Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the main opposition Labour Party.
“Far from stopping the rot in Downing Street, he’s letting it fester.”
What to expect in Jeremy Hunt’s plan to fix UK’s fiscal holeUK Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt will announce a major economic package on November 17 as he tries to stabilize public finances and recover ... Features
Nurses vote to strike in UK first: ReportNurses across the UK have voted to strike in their first national action over a pay dispute, a media report said on Sunday.For the latest headlines, ... World News
UK PM Sunak says state cannot fix all problems: ReportBritish Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said people cannot expect the state to “fix everyone’s problems” as he looks to regain public trust by being ... World News
UK PM Rishi Sunak to attend COP27 climate summit in EgyptBritain’s Rishi Sunak will attend COP27 in Egypt next week, he said on Wednesday, after his office previously said the new prime minister was expected ... World News
UK’s Sunak, Hunt say all Britons will need to pay more tax to fix fiscal black holeAll Britons will have to pay more in tax in coming years to fix the UK’s fiscal black hole, the UK government said on Monday, laying out in stark ... World News
UK PM Sunak faces growing pressure over reappointed interior minister BravermanBritish Prime Minister Rishi Sunak faced growing pressure Sunday after reappointing interior minister Suella Braverman despite her resignation over a ... World News
UK PM Sunak could freeze foreign aid for two more years: ReportNew British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is considering freezing the country’s foreign aid budget for an additional two years, the Telegraph reported on ... World News
UK's Rishi Sunak says tough decisions needed to fix economyNew Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday that difficult decisions will have to be taken to get British government borrowing and debt on a ... World News