SACKED Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has been tipped for a knighthood to stop him spilling the beans in revenge.
Insiders believe he will get a gong in Boris Johnson’s next honours list, seen by some as the price for buying his silence.
Mr Williamson had expected a demotion in last week’s reshuffle but instead was exiled to the backbenches.
He has strongly denied rumours that he had been telling friends about the things he saw when he was running Mr Johnson’s leadership campaign in 2019.
Before he entered the Cabinet, tarantula-owning Mr Williamson was the party’s Chief Whip where he was seen as a master of the dark arts.
An insider said: “There were concerns about having Gavin on the backbenches but in the end that could not be a reason to delay the promotion of new talent knocking on the door.”
He was replaced last week by former vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi.
Gove to do level best
MICHAEL Gove gave his new ministry a makeover yesterday — and beefed up his own role at the heart of government.
In a bid to prove he is still a key ministerial player, he gave himself the grand title of Secretary of State for Levelling Up.
He has also taken on the extra role of Minister for Inter-governmental Relations, to work with the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland administrations.
His new duties include leading the drive to end the North-South divide by investing in left-behind regions.
He has renamed his ministry the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
Some colleagues accused him of empire-building — but Mr Gove insisted his role was vital to the Government’s success.
He said: “I’m thrilled that the PM has asked me to lead the Levelling Up agenda, the defining mission of this Government.
"We have a unique opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives.”