Gavin Williamson

The Secretary of State for Education

Conservative MP for South Staffordshire


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10th June 2020 onwards

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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

We have lots more plain English analysis of Gavin Williamson’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Gavin Williamson’s full vote analysis page for more.

Gavin Williamson has hardly ever rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Education: Schools: Safe Opening and Covid-19 23 Nov 2020

    To support schools to open fully from the autumn, we published guidance in July and updated it as necessary. Schools have access to an advice service and supply of test kits. By assessing risk and maximising the use of Public Health England-endorsed control measures, schools reduce risk for pupils and staff.
  • Education: Schools: Safe Opening and Covid-19 23 Nov 2020

    I thank the hon. Gentleman for raising that important point. We know how important it is. We already outlined a package for the summer term, and tens of millions of pounds have been distributed to schools. We have kept this matter under review and will update the House closely in the near future.
  • Education: Schools: Safe Opening and Covid-19 23 Nov 2020

    The hon. Lady raises an important point about the number of pupils being sent home. We keep a close monitor of those children who are sent home and we are working with the sector, so we can provide her with that detail and will send it on to her.

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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
  • Departmental Advertising
  • Departmental Mobile Phones
  • Departmental Rail Travel
  • Mass Media

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: 9 Nov 2020.

2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2(a)
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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