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Gavin Williamson would be awarded an F for his failures, Sir Keir says

GAVIN WILLIAMSON merits an F grade for his performance as Education Secretary, Sir Keir Starmer said today.

The Labour leader’s comment follows a number of pandemic-related last-minute U-turns and failures by Mr Williamson over the past year.

These include uncertainty over whether children would be able to attend school, a lack of laptops for home learning, meagre food provision for children in receipt of free school meals and last year’s shambles over exam results.

Mr Williamson faced questions about how he would grade his performance in the job as he toured broadcast studios.

He was asked: “Have you offered your resignation?” and was branded a “catastrophe” by Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan.

Labour has repeatedly called on him to resign.

Sir Keir said that Mr Williamson “has failed as Education Secretary.”

He added: “I think you would struggle, if you went around anywhere in Britain talking about schools, to find many people that would give him more than an F.”

Sir Keir told reporters that he “certainly” hoped schools could open before Easter.

He said that a new pledge by Mr Williamson to give schools two weeks’ notice before reopening was “good news,” as he “normally gives them about 24 hours’ notice.”


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