Gavin Williamson appointed as new Defence Secretary

Chief Whip Gavin Williamson has replaced Sir Michael Fallon in his role of Defence Secretary.

Fallon quit over allegations about his past behaviour. Announcing his resignation, he said his conduct had ‘fallen short’ of the required standards.

Williamson, who has run the Tory whips office since last year, has been in Parliament since 2010, representing South Staffordshire.

On his appointment, Williamson, said: "I am both honoured and excited to have been appointed Defence Secretary. I have always had the greatest admiration for the professionalism and valour of all those who serve in our country’s Armed Forces. The United Kingdom faces rising threats in a worsening international security situation, making Defence’s work all the more important. It is imperative that we continue to take the fight to Daesh and keep Britain safe. As we leave the European Union, and forge a new Global Britain, Defence has the opportunity to deepen old friendships and contribute to building new ones around the world.

"I am determined to ensure that the Armed Forces receive the recognition they deserve for the great work they do, including through the Armed Forces Covenant, and that they evolve both to meet the changing threats that we face, and to ensure that they properly represent the modern society that they defend."

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