Who is Gavin Williamson’s Wife Joanne Eland?

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Sir Gavin Alexander Williamson is a British politician currently serving as the Minister of State without Portfolio, a position he’s held since October 2022. Born on 25th June 2016 in Scarborough, New Yorkshire, Gavin has been the Member of Parliament for South Staffordshire since 2010.

He is a member of the Conservative Party and previously served under Theresa May’s Cabinet as Government Chief Whip between 2016 and 2017 and as Secretary of State for Defence from 2017 to 2019. Under Boris Johnson, he served as Secretary of State for Education from 2017 to 2021.

Gavin Williamson shares two children with his wife, Joanne Eland

The couple met at Scarborough Sixth Form College. Joanne previously served as a primary school teacher and educator. She married Gavin in 2001, and the two have remained married. 

The couple has two children together, Annabel and Grace Williamson, who share a birthday. On top of having two daughters, the family also has pet cats.

Gavin’s fling with a married colleague almost ended his marriage

Joanne Eland, wife of Gavin Williamson (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)

It was revealed that Gavin was involved in a fling with a married colleague in 2004 when he worked as a manager at fireplace manufacturer Elgin and Hall in Yorkshire. At the time, his wife, Joanne, was expecting their first child. 

In his statement, he indicated that he made the terrible mistake of kissing a colleague on more than one occasion. He continued to emphasize that he shared a kiss more than once with the co-worker, but it never went further. 

During the revelation, Gavin praised his wife for forgiving him of the act. He stated, “I know that this caused problems for her, as it did for me. And having to explain to Joanne what had happened was one of the most difficult conversations of my life. I’ll never truly understand how she found it in her heart to forgive me, but I tell myself every day how lucky I am to be with such an amazing person.” 

He added how the incident showed him how important family is and how his actions almost ruined two marriages. He stated, “this incident nearly destroyed two marriages. It will always be part of my past but it has not stopped my wife and I from building a wonderful family together. Family will always be central to what I do and what I believe in. It was the experience of nearly losing mine that made me realize how much mine really matters to me.”

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