37 Facts About Gavin Williamson

1. Gavin Williamson mentioned no specific countries, but Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore are all former colonies with which London maintains warm relations.

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2. Gavin Williamson has expressed "grave" concerns at the prospect of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei being involved in the UK's new 5G network.

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3. Gavin Williamson has expressed "grave" concerns at the prospect of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei being involved in the UK's new 5G network.

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4. Gavin Williamson has expressed "grave" concerns at the prospect of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei being involved in the UK's new 5G network.

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5. Gavin Williamson has expressed "grave" concerns at the prospect of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei being involved in the UK's new 5G network.

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6. Gavin Williamson has expressed "grave" concerns at the prospect of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei being involved in the UK's new 5G network.

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7. Gavin Williamson has expressed "grave" concerns at the prospect of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei being involved in the UK's new 5G network.

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8. Gavin Williamson has expressed "grave" concerns at the prospect of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei being involved in the UK's new 5G network.

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9. Gavin Williamson has voiced security fears about allowing Chinese tech giant Huawei to be involved in the development of the UK's 5G mobile network.

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10. Gavin Williamson has expressed "grave" concerns at the prospect of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei being involved in the UK's new 5G network.

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11. Gavin Williamson has expressed "grave" concerns at the prospect of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei being involved in the UK's new 5G network.

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12. Gavin Williamson says the UK military will be working closer with the Pentagon after Brexit.

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13. Gavin Williamson has expressed "grave" concerns at the prospect of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei being involved in the UK's new 5G network.

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14. Gavin Williamson has expressed "grave" concerns at the prospect of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei being involved in the UK's new 5G network.

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15. Gavin Williamson has expressed "grave" concerns at the prospect of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei being involved in the UK's new 5G network.

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16. Gavin Williamson was appointed defence secretary on 2 November 2017 after the resignation of Michael Fallon the previous evening.

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17. Gavin Williamson previously worked in the Staffordshire pottery industry and for an architectural design firm.

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18. Gavin Williamson said on Sunday that Brexit would enable Britain to re-assert itself as a global military power by extending its military presence to many more countries.

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19. In December 2018, Gavin Williamson expressed "grave" and "very deep concerns" about the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei providing technology to upgrade Britain's services to 5G.

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20. Gavin Williamson is a patron of the World Owl Trust and while chief whip kept a Mexican redknee tarantula, Cronus, in his parliamentary office, for which he was criticised by parliamentary authorities in November 2016.

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21. Gavin Williamson was a charity trustee at a Citizen's Advice Bureau, and a school governor.

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22. Gavin Williamson is married to Joanne, a former primary school teacher.

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23. In February 2018, Gavin Williamson dined with Lubov Chernukhin, the wife of a former Putin minister, in exchange for £30,000.

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24. Gavin Williamson was appointed Secretary of State for Defence on 2 November 2017 after the resignation of Sir Michael Fallon the preceding evening.

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25. Gavin Williamson made his maiden speech on 8 June 2010, on the same day as Nicky Morgan and Kwasi Kwarteng.

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26. Gavin Williamson was elected with a majority of 16,590 votes.

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27. In January 2010, Gavin Williamson was selected as the Conservative candidate in South Staffordshire for the 2010 general election.

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28. Gavin Williamson has worked for a Staffordshire pottery firm that made and sold ceramic tableware, of which he became co-owner, and for an architectural design firm until he became an MP in 2010.

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29. Gavin Williamson told The Telegraph, "We've literally had fights in our own retail shops.

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30. Gavin Williamson had become managing director of Aynsley China, a Staffordshire-based pottery firm by 2005.

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31. Gavin Williamson was the penultimate national chairman of Conservative Students, before it was abolished in 1998 and the separate youth wings of the party were amalgamated as Conservative Future.

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32. Gavin Williamson has supported the Saudi Arabian-led military intervention in Yemen against the Shia Houthis despite concerns from human rights activists and Labour MPs about war crimes allegedly committed by the Saudi military.

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33. Gavin Williamson voted against an investigation into Tony Blair's role in the Iraq War.

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34. Gavin Williamson supported the United Kingdom's remain campaign during the 2016 EU membership referendum.

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35. Gavin Williamson was one of several MPs who was absent or abstained on the important 21 March 2011 vote on supporting UN-backed action in Libya.

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36. Gavin Williamson was subsequently elected with a majority of 16,590 votes.

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37. Gavin Williamson met with the president and CEO in Kabul and assured them of the UK's ongoing support.

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