Gavin Williamson tied new school funding to party vote, says Tory defector

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Bury South MP Christian Wakeford defected from the Tories to Labour on Wednesday. He said he had been warned funding for a new high school would not go ahead if he voted for a motion criticising the Government over free school meals. Mr Williamson told the paper that he did not remember any such conversation taking place with Mr Wakeford.
4 months ago·London, United Kingdom

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The Guardian

Gavin Williamson tied new school funding to party vote, says Tory defector

Bury South MP says former education secretary warned disloyalty over free school meals vote risked losing new high school

4 months ago·London, United Kingdom
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The Independent

Gavin Williamson accused of threatening MP over school funding

Christian Wakeford said ex-education secretary warned funding for new local school could be pulled if he voted against the Government.

4 months ago·London, United Kingdom
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Daily Mirror

Gavin Williamson accused of threat to pull school funding from rebel MP's seat

Christian Wakeford, the former Tory MP who humiliated Boris Johnson by defecting to Labour this week, identified the former Education Secretary as the MP who threatened to scrap the school

4 months ago·London, United Kingdom
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Sky News

Gavin Williamson accused of threatening MP Christian Wakeford over school funding

Mr Wakeford opposed government plans to not extend the free school meals scheme into the school holidays but abstained from the October 2020 vote.

4 months ago·United Kingdom
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The Times

Gavin Williamson accused over threat to cancel new school

In October 2020 the footballer Marcus Rashford vented his despair at MPs voting down proposals to extend free school meals during holidays. He was not the only one. Christian Wakeford, then Conservative MP for Bury South, a few miles north of Rashford’s Manchester United home ground, Old Trafford, w

4 months ago·London, United Kingdom
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Express & Star

Gavin Williamson accused of threatening MP over school funding

Former education secretary Gavin Williamson has been accused of threatening to withdraw funding for a school in the constituency of MP who was considering voting against the Government.

4 months ago·Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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