Gavin Williamson, the then education secretary, pulled Christian Wakeford out of the Members’ Dining Room of the House of Commons and threatened to cancel plans for a new school in his constituency if he did “not vote in one particular way”.

The Bury South MP who defected to the Labour Party earlier this week has made the allegation to the Sunday Times as controversy over bullying and threats in the House of Commons continues this weekend

According to the report after asking him to step outside the dining room, Williamson told him:

“It’s not very helpful to back an opposition [motion] against the department where you’re wanting an extremely large favour from said department, so do consider what you’re doing.”

The following February, the Department for Education approved the long-awaited new high school in Radcliffe


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