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Home Secretary faces more claims of bullying by civil servants

Priti Patel greeting the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015

Image: By Foreign and Commonwealth Office – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CC BY 2.0.

Priti Patel is facing more claims of bullying, following the resignation of former Home Office permanent secretary Sir Philip Rutnam on Saturday.

On Monday it was alleged that an official at the Department For Work And Pensions was paid off over a ‘bullying’ case involving Ms Patel in 2015.

 

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Home Secretary Priti Patel has now been accused of bullying in 3 different Cabinet roles

The most recent accusations relate to Ms Patel’s time as International Development Secretary from 2016 to 2017.

The BBC’s Newsnight programme has alleged that she humiliated civil servants and created a general atmosphere that “everyone is hopeless”.

The resignation of Sir Philip Rutnam on Saturday has led to Cabinet Office inquiry 

The Chancellor of The Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove announced on Monday that an inquiry would be set up to ‘establish the facts’ around the Home Secretary’s conduct as she faces allegations of having broken the ministerial code.

Downing Street has stood by Ms Patel over the latest accusations against her, but now with a third round of claims against her behaviour, pressure is mounting on the Home Secretary to resign.

Ms Patel denies all allegations.

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