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    Gavin Williamson a British Conservative Party politician and former Chief Whip of the party.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Gavin Williamson on Thursday became the UK defense secretary following the resignation of Michael Fallon, Number 10 Downing Street said.

    Fallon resigned on Wednesday, saying that his conduct had "fallen below the high standards" of the armed forces in the past.

    "The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Rt. Hon. Gavin Williamson as Secretary of State for Defense," the statement read, as quoted by The Guardian newspaper.

    The same day, Theresa May appointed lawmaker Julian Smith as her new Chief Whip, promoting him to head the office which is responsible for making sure May's Conservatives vote in support of the government.

    "Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip) – Julian Smith MP (having previously been Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip))," the statement reads.


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