Gavin Williamson

The Secretary of State for Education

Conservative MP for South Staffordshire


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Gavin Williamson’s voting in Parliament

Gavin Williamson is a Conservative MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Conservative MPs.

However, Gavin Williamson sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • Gavin Williamson voted against investigations into the Iraq war, while most Conservative MPs generally voted for. Show votes

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Recent appearances

  • Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Education: Teachers Update 21 Jul 2020

    The 30th report of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) is being published today. Its recommendations cover the remit issued in September 2019. The report contains recommendations on the pay award for teachers that is due to be implemented from September 2020. The STRB has recommended a 5.5% uplift to the minima of the main pay range and a 2.75% uplift to the maxima of the main pay range...
  • Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Education: COVID-19 Higher Education Restructuring Regime 16 Jul 2020

    The establishment of the Higher Education Restructuring Regime in response to COVID-19 has been announced today. On 4 May, I put forward a higher education (HE) stabilisation package which reprofiled public funding and introduced measures to stabilise admissions with a view to mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on HE providers’ finances. This package, along with the government-backed...
  • Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Education: Higher Technical Education Reform 14 Jul 2020

    Today, I am pleased to launch the government’s new reforms of higher technical education in England. Take up of higher technical education in England is low and has been falling, leading to skills shortages across our economy. Employers are struggling to access the higher technical skills they need to grow and thrive and learners are missing out on the opportunities that a higher technical...

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Conservative MP for South Staffordshire

Entered the House of Commons on 6 May 2010 — General election

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Topics of interest

Gavin Williamson campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Communities and Local Government
  • Education
  • Culture Media and Sport
  • Business
  • Innovation and Skills
  • Health
  • Official Cars
  • Mass Media
  • Departmental Mobile Phones
  • Departmental Training
  • Departmental Visits Abroad

Currently held offices

  • The Secretary of State for Education (since 24 Jul 2019)

Other offices held in the past

  • The Secretary of State for Defence (2 Nov 2017 to 1 May 2019)
  • Chief Whip (14 Jul 2016 to 2 Nov 2017)
  • Member, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (26 Jul 2010 to 28 Nov 2011)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 20 Jul 2020.

1. Employment and earnings
22 July 2019, received £3,523 from the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe, Rue du Trône 4, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, for speaking at an event on 26 June 2019. Hours: 4 hrs. Travel and accommodation also provided by the payer. (Registered 02 August 2019)
Payment of £200 expected from Ipsos MORI, 3 Thomas More St, London E1W 1YW, for a survey completed on 3 July 2019. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 15 August 2019)
2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2(a)
Name of donor: BS Eaton Ltd
Address of donor: Coppice Lane, Cheslyn Hay, Nr Walsall, Staffordshire WS6 7EY

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £20,000

Date received: 3 July 2019

Date accepted: 3 July 2019

Donor status: company, registration 00653789

(Registered 05 July 2019)
Name of donor: St Philips Care Caledonia Ltd
Address of donor: 57 High St, Wolverhampton WV11 1ST

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £3,000

Date received: 1 November 2019

Date accepted: 1 November 2019

Donor status: company, registration 0701333

(Registered 04 November 2019)
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
From 30 September 2016, honorary membership for life of the Carlton Club. (Registered 25 March 2019)

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