AN OXFORD MP has criticised the decision to bestow a knighthood upon former education secretary Gavin Williamson.

Mr Williamson, who was twice sacked as a cabinet minister and oversaw the exams fiasco during the pandemic, has been given a knighthood by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran tweeted: “One does have to wonder…does Williamson know where all the horcruxes are hidden…I can’t think of any other reason why he has been honoured for doing such an abominable job.”

Downing Street said that the Queen has approved the honour for the Tory MP, who was widely criticised for a series of errors as education secretary.

The Prime Minister sacked Mr Williamson from that role in September and he was previously dumped as defence secretary following an inquiry into a leak from the National Security Council.

It is understood the knighthood is being given to the 45-year-old, who helped run Mr Johnson’s successful 2019 campaign to succeed Theresa May as Tory leader, on the basis of his political and public service.

No 10, asked why the knighthood was being announced now and not part of an honours list, said it was a political appointment by the Conservative Party.

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