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Sir Gavin Williamson has vehemently denied telling a senior civil servant to “slit your throat” while he was serving as defense secretary.

A former Department of Defense official told The Guardian that Sir Gavin also told them to “jump out the window” in what they felt was a protracted campaign of bullying.

But in a statement, Sir Gavin said: “I strongly deny this allegation and have a good working relationship with many of the outstanding officials I have worked with in government.

“No specific allegations have been brought to my attention.”

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The Minister of the Cabinet Office is is currently facing charges that he sent abusive messages to former executive Wendy Mortoncomplained that he and other colleagues had been excluded from the Queen’s funeral for political reasons.

But while Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemned the language as “unacceptable”, he said it was “right” to investigate the complaint before making any decisions on the future”.

And his official spokesman earlier said the Prime Minister had complete confidence in him.

According to The Guardian, the civil servant later left the government, saying Sir Gavin “deliberately demeans and threatens” them on a regular basis.

While they reported the incident informally to the head of human resources, they decided not to make a formal complaint.

However, they said a senior military aide working in the department later apologized to them for not speaking out about his behaviour.

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: “The Cabinet Office has not been informed of any formal complaints about Gavin Williamson’s conduct since his time at the Department of Defense or any other any other set.”

Sir Gavin served as defense minister from November 2017 until May 2019 but was sacked by then Prime Minister Theresa May over repeated leaks from the government.

He was re-hired by Boris Johnson as education secretary two months later, but was again ousted in September 2021 after much criticism over his handling of the brief during the COVID pandemic.

Mr. Sunak brought him back into government two weeks ago as Cabinet Office Minister, who also attended the cabinet.

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