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MPs having second jobs is a controversial concept to many people – given how demanding public service is – but former education secretary Gavin Williamson getting a job as an education adviser is enough to irritate practically anyone.
The company, which trades as Regent Group, describes itself as an organisation which “owns and manages independent schools, higher education colleges and an investment business” and provides “consulting services to both the private and public sectors”.
Mr Williamson’s role, which involves giving “general strategic advice on international business expansion and attending regular advisory board meetings”, was approved by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba) subject to four conditions.
The watchdog, which oversee new jobs for former ministers, said it was fine for Williamson to take up the job provided:
he doesn’t disclose any “privileged information” from when he was education secretary
lobby the government on behalf of the company for two years from the date he left ministerial office
or provide any advice on how to secure a government contract for two years from his last day as education secretary
Hey, at least Eric Pickles, Acoba’s chair, hasn’t previously gone on the record to describe such an important investigative body as “toothless”, right?
\u201cEric Pickles, ex Tory cabinet minister & now Acoba chair, said last week that the body was toothless: \n\n\u201cI\u2019m not aware, in the past 30 years, of a single sanction being imposed\u2009.\u2009.\u2009. there are no sanctions,\u201d he told an inquiry by the committee on public standards.\u201d
\u201cFuck me they\u2019ll be making Matt Hancock the Patron Saint of Care Homes at this rate\u2026 Gavin Williamson who singlehandedly destroyed a year of learning for an entire generation of school children, and then arsed up the exam grading algorithm\u2026 50k a year advisory job in education\u201d