Gavin Williamson is appointed as Education Secretary

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The former Defense Secretary and Chief Whip is going to replace Damian Hinds, who had been on this position for a year and a half. Hinds had been in the position since January 2018. As the new Education Secretary, Williamson is expected to take Hinds’ role in managing the ongoing debate surrounding LGBT-inclusive education in schools. Mr. Hinds vocally condemned the protests outside schools, but never addressed the protesters directly, though was frequently asked to do so. As one of his first responsibilities in his new role, Williamson will likely be called to address “misinformation over the content” of the LGBT+ teaching, as well as “a belief that it is individual head teachers making choices to teach such content” for fuelling the disagreement. Williamson has a mixed voting record on LGBT+ rights, voting against same-sex marriage twice, and once against same-sex marriage for members of the armed forces outside the UK.

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