Cabinet reshuffle: Where did it go wrong for Gavin Williamson?
Gavin Williamson’s career in the cabinet has been so littered with gaffes that likening him to the hapless 1970s sitcom character Frank Spencer has almost become a cliche. Here are his five most notable moments of public ignominy.
No one doubted that arranging an alternative method to replace exam marks with another means of grading A-level students amid the Covid crisis in 2020 would be difficult. But Williamson was vilified first for ignoring warnings it would be a problem, and then, once the obviously unfair marks were in, standing by the mix of computer algorithm and teacher assessments. There was inevitably a U-turn 48 hours later, but much of the damage, both to students’ university chances and public confidence, had been done.
Sacked for leaking
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