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Bradford alumnus Gavin Williamson appointed as UK Defence Secretary


University of Bradford alumnus and Government Chief Whip, Gavin Williamson, has been appointed as the new UK Defence Secretary after Sir Michael Fallon's resignation.

Commenting on his promotion as the new Defence Secretary, Gavin said: "I am both honoured and excited".

Gavin was elected at the 2010 general election as Member of Parliament for South Staffordshire. He was the parliamentary private secretary to Patrick McLoughlin as Secretary of State for Transport and was then appointed as parliamentary private secretary to the then Prime Minister David Cameron in October 2013 before taking up his role as Government Chief Whip in July 2016.

Gavin graduated from the University of Bradford with a BSc in Social Sciences in 1997.

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