‘Bullying’ minister has not apologised, say sources

Sunak and Williamson: the image is from before Williamson was Education Secretary. Why is Sunak now dragging his heels instead of sacking Williamson from his current job?

Embattled Minister Without Portfolio Gavin Williamson has not apologised to former Chief Whip Wendy Morton after sending her a series of abusive messages, according to friends of hers.

We now know that Ms Morton complained to the Conservative Party about his conduct on October 24. It is now two weeks later and party authorities have not confirmed whether they have launched a formal investigation and neither MP has been informed of any inquiry, as would be required if the party process were being followed.

Ex-Conservative Party Chair Jake Berry has said he told Rishi Sunak of the complaint on the day it was made.

Controversy has arisen because Sunak subsequently made Williamson a Cabinet minister.

Morton handed Williamson’s messages to the Conservative Party on October 26, two days after she made her complaint – but Sunak insists that he did not see them until they were published in The Sunday Times yesterday (November 6).

Do you believe that? It’s possible, but seems unlikely to This Writer.

Meanwhile, Williamson’s only comment seems to have been to the newspaper, stating, “I of course regret getting frustrated about the way colleagues and I felt we were being treated.”

Sunak has said the comments were “not acceptable” but 10 Downing Street has insisted that the prime minister still has confidence in Williamson.

Why would he?

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