Gavin Williamson could be in line for a knighthood after he was canned as education secretary.
The MP for South Staffordshire is expected to feature in prime minister Boris Johnson’s next honours list, sources told the Telegraph.
Williamson declined to comment when approached by the publication, saying it was “not something I have heard about”.
Despite numerous calls for his resignation, Mr Johnson held onto the frontbencher until his Cabinet reshuffle this week which saw Williamson sacked from the role after two years.
The MP – who has served and also been sacked as defence secretary – said he was proud of the transformational reforms he had brought about as education secretary.
He said: “It has been a privilege to serve as Education Secretary since 2019. Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, I’m particularly proud of the transformational reforms I’ve led in Post 16 education: in further education colleges, our Skills agenda, apprenticeships and more.
“This programme will create better life opportunities for pupils and students for many years to come. I look forward to continuing to support the Prime Minister and the Government.”
Mr Williamson is infamous for a number of gaffes outside of his department, most recently garnering criticism after confusing England footballer Marcus Rashford with rugby player Maro Itoje.
Serving as defence secretary at the time of the 2018 Salisbury poisonings, his remarks were widely mocked across the globe.
On being asked how the Kremlin would react to the UK expelling its diplomats, he said Russia should “shut up” and “go away”.
He was then fired by Theresa May after confidential National Security Council information related to Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s 5G network was leaked.