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UK government gives twice-fired politician top honour






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The U.K. has awarded one of its highest honours to an ex-minister who was fired twice. Gavin Williamson, 45, will get a knighthood for services to public life. He will be "Sir" Gavin. Many politicians are angry over this because of Mr Willamsons' record. He was fired as Defence Secretary by then Prime Minister Theresa May in 2019 because of a leak about discussions regarding the UK's national security. Ms May said she had, "lost confidence in his ability to serve". Current PM Boris Johnson fired Williamson from being Education Secretary in 2021 following a series of gaffes.

Knighthoods are for Britons who have excelled in their field. Recipients have spent decades as top leaders or winners. Williamson only became a politician in 2010. Other politicians say he is undeserving of the honour. One said the only award he should get was "worst Education Secretary in history". Another said his record was "disgraceful". She said: "Williamson left children to go hungry and created two years of complete chaos over exams." Some newspapers said the award is in return for Williamson keeping quiet about allegations about Boris Johnson.

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