March 24, 2023

Gavin Williamson: Rishi Sunak faces questions after his release

The sister of imprisoned British-Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah said she “hopes and trusts” that British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will be able to release him during his visit to Egypt to attend the climate summit.

Speaking from Sharm el-Sheikh, where the climate summit is being held, Sana Seif told the BBC she was sure he “could do it if it was really a priority for him”.

Abdel Fattah, 40, has been on hunger strike for more than six months.

His family said he has now stopped drinking water and may die within days.

Gavin Williamson: Rishi Sunak faces questions after his release

Rishi Sunak’s rule is being tested after Government Minister Sir Gavin Williamson reneged on his promise to clear his name over allegations of bullying.

Sunak faces questions from the Prime Minister as he will be asked what he knows about the allegations.

Sir Gavin was accused of offensive behavior towards Members of Parliament and officials, but denied any wrongdoing.

The Labor Party said the prime minister, who had promised to form a fair government, had committed a “miscalculation” when he was appointed.

Sir Gavin was appointed Minister without Portfolio after Sunak, a political ally, took over the leadership of the Conservative Party and became prime minister just two weeks earlier.

As the BBC has learned, the two met on Tuesday evening for their first detailed discussion of the allegations, after which Sir Gavin decided to resign.

In his resignation letter, the MP said allegations about his behavior had become a “distraction,” but he defiantly vowed to “acquit my name of any wrongdoing.”

In response, Sunak said he accepted the resignation “with great sadness” and thanked Sir Gavin for his “personal support and loyalty”.

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