After Sir Michael Fallon’s resignation amid Westminster sleaze scandal, prime minister picks chief whip Gavin Williamson as replacement

Theresa May angered Conservative MPs on Thursday as she tried to draw a line under the Westminster sleaze scandal by promoting her chief whip into the defence minister’s post vacated by Sir Michael Fallon.

Backbenchers complained about the appointment of Gavin Williamson, arguing the 41-year-old lacked experience, and there was disappointment that the prime minister had failed to use Fallon’s departure as the opportunity for a wider reshuffle.

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