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Ex-civil servant makes formal complaint against Williamson over alleged ‘slit your throat’ remark | Politics News

A former senior civil servant who claimed Sir Gavin Williamson told them to “slit your throat” has made a formal complaint against him, telling Sky News’ Beth Rigby his “words and actions had an extreme impact on my mental health”.

The allegations were made last night in The Guardian and included claims that Sir Gavin, who was the defence secretary at the time, told the official on another occasion to “jump out of the window“.

The Ministry of Defence official claimed his behaviour amounted to a sustained campaign of bullying.

The official, who later left government, said Sir Gavin “deliberately demeaned and intimidated” them on a regular basis.

They reported the incidents informally to the head of human resources, but decided against making a formal complaint at the time.

Sir Gavin, who ran the department between November 2017 until May 2019, said: “I strongly reject this allegation and have enjoyed good working relationships with the many brilliant officials I have worked with across government.

“No specific allegations have ever been brought to my attention.”

Tonight the Cabinet Office minister faced fresh accusations from Anne Milton, the Tory former deputy chief whip, who told Channel 4 News that he “loved salacious gossip and would use it as leverage against MPs if the need arose” when running the whip’s office.

Ms Milton also claimed he used an MP’s financial situation as a source of leverage, telling the programme: “I do remember him asking me to give the MP in question the cheque.

“And he waved it under my nose and said, ‘Make sure when you give him this cheque, he knows I now own him’.”

She added: “I don’t think it was a joke. It was the seriousness with which he said it. And I think that the bottom line is, if instances accord with your overall experience with somebody, then you believe them.”

Sky News has approached Sir Gavin for a response to Ms Milton’s allegations.

Earlier, Downing Street described the allegations from the former civil servant as “serious” and said it would consider “proper processes” before commenting further.

The civil servant has now told our political editor Beth Rigby that they will formally complain to the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS), parliament’s independent watchdog.

In a statement, they said: “This was an incredibly difficult period for me. Gavin Williamson’s words and actions had an extreme impact on my mental health.

“Government ministers have a code of conduct that they are required to follow. Any form of abuse is unacceptable.”

The former civil servant said they had decided to come forward “after feeling stronger given the passage of time”.

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Williamson and his spider had ‘mystique’ about them

The new complaint comes hours after it was confirmed former chief whip Wendy Morton had referred another allegation made against Sir Gavin – that he sent “abusive” messages to her – to the ICGS.

The Cabinet Office minister is already subject to an internal Conservative Party investigation over the series of threatening messages reportedly send to Ms Morton, complaining he had been excluded from the Queen’s funeral.

Sir Gavin served as Theresa May’s chief whip from 2016 and then as defence secretary from November 2017 until May 2019, but was fired over a row around a leak from government.

He was hired back by Boris Johnson as education secretary two months later, but was again ousted in September 2021 after much criticism of his handling of the brief during the pandemic.

Mr Sunak brought him back into government two weeks ago to serve as a Cabinet Office minister who also attends cabinet.

Flight from London to Los Angeles diverted after British man ‘grabbed passenger’s throat and tried to hit and bite him’ | US News

A British man has been charged with assaulting a fellow passenger and crew members during a flight from London to Los Angeles which had to be diverted to Utah.

William Hayes, 39, was arrested after the Virgin Atlantic plane landed in Salt Lake City on Tuesday.

He was charged with assault and interfering with the flight crew.

During the flight, he allegedly grabbed a passenger seated in front of him by the throat and tried to hit and bite him, prompting the jet to be rerouted, US authorities said.

Witnesses told authorities that after passengers and crew members restrained and handcuffed Hayes following the alleged assault, he tried to fight with people nearby and kick the plane’s windows, according to the charging documents.

Hayes was taken to the Salt Lake County Jail and police said the case was referred to the US Attorney’s Office.

The plane then resumed its flight to LA.

Virgin said in a statement that “the safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew is always our top priority and we don’t tolerate any behaviour that compromises this”.

“Our cabin crew are highly trained to deal with any individuals that may impact that experience for others,” a spokesperson said.

Pensioner slit throat of wife in suicide pact that went wrong, court hears | UK News

A pensioner slit the throat of his wife of more than 40 years in a suicide pact went wrong, a court was told.

Police were greeted with the “extraordinary scene” of Dyanne Mansfield, 71, slumped dead in a chair at the bottom of the couple’s garden backing on to open fields in Hale, Greater Manchester.

Mrs Mansfield had bled heavily from a 16cm “gaping incised wound” and her windpipe had been severed.

Three knives and a lump hammer were found near her body.

They had responded to a 999 call on the morning of 24 March last year from her husband, Graham Mansfield, 73, who was discovered lying seriously injured in the kitchen.

He told officers he killed his wife at about 9pm the day before and then tried to take his own life but it had “all gone wrong”, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Together forever

Mrs Mansfield had been suffering from cancer and the court was told the pair “had a perfect relationship and wanted to remain together for the rest of their lives”.

Opening the case, prosecutor David Temkin QC said: “He explained what he had done was in pursuance of a ‘pact’ made with his wife.”

He said Mansfield, who denies murder and manslaughter, does not dispute he intended to kill his wife but claims his reason for doing so provides him with a defence.

Also discovered at the scene nearby were two bricks on top of a plastic wallet containing a note written by Mansfield for the police.

“We have decided to take our own lives,” it said, giving instructions on where to find his house keys and how to contact his sister, the court heard.

‘Don’t get upset’

Another note written by Manfield, addressed to his family, was found in an envelope on the dining room table.

It read: “We are sorry to burden you with this but there is no other way.

“When Dyanne was diagnosed with cancer, we made a pact. I couldn’t bear to live without Dyanne and as the months progressed and as things got worse, it only reinforced our decision that the time has arrived.

“We hope you all understand.

“Don’t get too upset. We have had a wonderful and happy life together.”

Mansfield was arrested on suspicion of murder at the scene and was captured on police body-worn cameras explaining how he killed his wife and then tried to kill himself in the garden and then in the house.

Mr Temkin said: “He repeatedly expressed frustration at having failed to kill himself. He said that he just wanted to die.”

Mansfield was taken for surgery at Manchester Royal Infirmary, where he said he and his wife made the suicide pact on the first day of her diagnosis in September 2020.

Devoted to his wife

When interviewed by police, Mansfield said life had been “turned upside down” in the preceding six months. Mrs Mansfield’s disease had spread rapidly and quickly reached stage four.

Mansfield searched the internet for ways to end life, Mr Temkin told the jury, with the pair settling on the garden as the “venue” at the suggestion of Mrs Mansfield.

Police spoke to the couple’s family, their friends and neighbours.

Mr Temkin said: “All of them spoke about the defendant’s unswerving devotion to her.”

No record of her wishes

However, he added an “important feature” of the case was there was no record of Mrs Mansfield’s wishes.

“The defence has to satisfy you on the balance of probabilities that a genuine suicide pact existed,” he said.

He said Mansfield had also pleaded not guilty to the alternative count of manslaughter because he maintained “his actions were lovingly undertaken through duress of circumstances or necessity for the purpose of avoiding any further severe pain and suffering”.

The trial continues on Tuesday.