Published on 2 Nov 2017 Sections ,

Gavin Williamson replaces Michael Fallon as Defence Secretary

Political Editor

The unexpected resignation of Michael Fallon as Defence Secretary yesterday has been followed today by the equally unexpected appointment of Gavin Williamson as his replacement.

The elevation of the chief whip, who ran Mrs May’s successful Conservative Party leadership campaign but has never held ministerial office, has provoked disbelief and anger among some MPs.