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The Standard Advisor gives up when Boris Johnson refuses to fire Priti Patel


Who says what?

Priti Patel: “I'm sorry that my past behavior has upset people. It was never my intention to upset anyone. I am very grateful for the hard work of thousands of officials helping to implement the government's agenda.

“It is very important to me to fulfill the commitments we have made to the people of this country and I acknowledge that I am straightforward and at times I get frustrated.

“I want to thank the Prime Minister for his support. The Permanent Secretary and I work closely together to accomplish the vital role the Home Office has to do for the country. & # 39;

Sir Alex Allan: I acknowledge that it is the Prime Minister's responsibility to assess whether a minister's actions are in violation of the Ministerial Code.

"But I think it is right to step down from my position as the prime minister's independent advisor on the code."

Home Office Permanent Secretary Matthew Rycroft: Sir Alex Allan's results make reading difficult, even for the public service.

“The Home Secretary and I are committed to working together to improve the Home Office and to build the strongest possible partnership between ministers and officials based on support, openness, security, mutual respect and professionalism. Relations between ministers and officials have improved significantly.

Allegra Stratton, Prime Minister's Press Secretary: 'The Prime Minister takes these allegations extremely seriously personally.

& # 39; He hates bullying. He takes it very seriously and recognizes that it is very difficult for people to speak out and raise concerns. It's a brave thing. He knows it.

“He said he would not tolerate bullying. He did not tolerate bullying. It is not his belief that Priti Patel is a tyrant. & # 39;

Priti Patel apologized for her treatment of officials tonight as Boris Johnson grew increasingly angry for failing to fire her as Home Secretary.

The Cabinet Minister said she was "absolutely sorry" and that she "never intentionally tried to piss anyone off" after an official investigation found she bullied employees.

The Prime Minister's decision to square Ms. Patel, 48, resulted in the resignation of his ethics advisor and criticism from a former head of MI5 who now chairs Parliament's standards committee.

The prime minister released the interior minister with an apology after an investigation launched in March found that she had breached the ministerial code but also disabled "inflexible" officials due to disability.

Author Sir Alex Allan, who said she had broken the ministerial code – albeit "inadvertently" – resigned this morning.

Ministers are normally expected to resign if they violate the Code. However, the Prime Minister makes the final decision and does not consider this to be a matter of resignation.

Speaking to the network tonight, Ms. Patel said, “I am sorry that my behavior upset people, and I never made any intentions to upset anyone.

"I work with thousands of brilliant officials every day and we work together day in and day out to achieve this government's agenda and I am absolutely sorry for anyone I have upset."

But after the resignation of Sir Alex, Lord Evans of Weardale, chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life described it as "deeply worrying".

Lord Evans, the former director general of MI5, said the committee was "urgently" considering what had happened as part of its revision of the ministerial code.

"Sir Alex Allan is a man of great wisdom and integrity and it is deeply worrying that he has resigned," Lord Evans said in a statement.

& # 39; This episode raises serious questions about the effectiveness of the current arrangements for investigating and responding to violations of the Ministerial Code.

"The committee will urgently examine this as part of its review."

In a WhatsApp message to MPs following today's announcement, Mr Johnson said it was "time to square the Prittster," and many MPs today defended their record in the face of mounting anger.

The decision to keep her at her post, taken during anti-bullying week in the UK, sparked a furious new argument in Westminster when Mr Johnson tried to resign his administration following the departure of top aide Dominic Cummings last week to rest.

In a statement this morning, Ms. Patel said: “I am sorry that my past behavior has upset people. I never intended to upset anyone. & # 39;

Sir Alex responded by resigning, saying, “I acknowledge that it is the Prime Minister's responsibility to assess whether a minister's actions are in breach of the Ministerial Code. However, I believe it is right to step down from my position as the Prime Minister's independent advisor on the Code. "

Johnson's press secretary Allegra Stratton told reporters today that Ms. Patel had "fully and frankly" apologized, adding, "He takes this issue very seriously … it is Sir Alex Allan who is giving details that there are none Evidence that she was aware of the effects of her behavior gave no feedback to her at the time.

The Prime Minister's decision to keep Priti Patel (who is leaving the Home Office tonight) in her post has sparked a furious new argument in Westminster

The requirements for the publication of his results in the behavior of Ms. Patel (pictured today) have increased

The requirements for the publication of his results in the behavior of Ms. Patel (pictured today) have increased

Sir Alex Allan resigned this morning when Ms. Patel apologized for "her past conduct" after investigating the long-awaited investigation into the senior cabinet minister's relationship with her staff

Sir Alex Allan resigned this morning when Ms. Patel apologized for "her past conduct" after investigating the long-awaited investigation into the senior cabinet minister's relationship with her staff

Sir Philip Rutnam, who was the Home Office's permanent secretary, resigned earlier this year and accused Ms. Patel of a "vicious and orchestrated briefing campaign" against him. He applies for a constructive dismissal before a labor court.

Sir Philip Rutnam, who was the Home Office's permanent secretary, resigned earlier this year and accused Ms. Patel of a "vicious and orchestrated briefing campaign" against him. He applies for a constructive dismissal before a labor court.

Patel is accused of being "a liar and a tyrant" by a senior official

Priti Patel accused a number of officials in three departments where she worked in the government of abusive behavior.

The investigation was sparked by the resignation of Sir Philip Rutnam as permanent secretary in the Home Office in February.

It sparked a furious argument with Sir Philip, who branded Mrs. Patel as a liar and a tyrant.

In a bombshell resignation he read live on television, he accused 47-year-old Miss Patel of "yelling and swearing, belittling people, making unreasonable and repeated demands".

He accused Ms. Patel of orchestrating a "vicious" campaign against him, lied about her involvement in it, and created a climate of fear in her department.

It sparked an avalanche of claims against Boris Johnson's most senior minister, which they all deny.

Claims against Ms. Patel include the allegation that she "disguised" employees in front of their colleagues and asked, "Why are they all so useless?"

Sir Philip is taking the Home Secretary and her department to a labor tribunal next year, accusing them of unfair dismissal and claiming he should have been protected as a whistleblower.

He was one of the top officials in Whitehall after joining the Home Office as permanent secretary in April 2017 – the top official role in any department – and previously doing the same job at the Department of Transportation for five years.

“I can keep reading it, but I know you can see it for yourself.

"My point is that it is Sir Alex Allan who is telling the Prime Minister that there are mitigating factors and that the minister's behavior needs to be seen in context."

The Prime Minister's official spokesman added: “The Prime Minister is reassured that the Home Secretary is sorry that she accidentally upset those she worked with.

"But at the end of the day, as the ministerial code arbiter weighing all the factors, the prime minister doesn't believe there has been a violation."

According to a government statement, Mr. Johnson continues to have "full confidence" in the Secretary of the Interior and "considers this matter closed".

But union leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “Once again the prime minister was found defective when his leadership was tested.

“If I were prime minister, the home secretary would have been removed from her job.

“It is hard to imagine that there is another workplace in the UK where this behavior is tolerated by the front runners. The government should set an example. Instead, it's one rule for Boris Johnson and friends, and another for everyone else. & # 39;

Sir Alex said Ms. Patel's frustrations saw her scream and swear in some cases. In his published advice, he said, “It is action-oriented and can be direct.

& # 39; The Minister of the Interior is also – in many cases rightly – frustrated by the lack of responsiveness of the leadership of the Interior Ministry and the lack of support that she received three years ago in the DfID (the now defunct department for international development).

& # 39; The evidence is that this has manifested itself in powerful expression including some occasions of yelling and cursing.

"This cannot be done on purpose to cause trouble, but it has affected some people."

Sir Alex added, “My advice is that the Home Secretary has not consistently met the high standards of the Ministerial Code for the considerate and respectful treatment of her officials.

“Her approach has at times been what can be called bullying in relation to the impact of the individual.

"In this respect, their behavior violated the ministerial code, albeit unintentionally."

In a public statement, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "The Prime Minister is reassured that the Home Secretary is sorry for accidentally upset those she worked with." Pictured: Priti Patel is leaving the home office tonight

In a public statement, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "The Prime Minister is reassured that the Home Secretary is sorry for accidentally upset those she worked with." Pictured: Priti Patel is leaving the home office tonight

In leaks from his report, Sir Alex criticized the door of officials working with Ms. Patel, the Witham MP in Essex.

"The Home Office has not been as flexible as it could have been in responding to the Interior Minister's requests and instructions," he wrote.

“She rightly did not always feel supported by the department. In addition, the Home Secretary was not given any feedback on the impact of her behavior, which meant she was unaware of the issues that she might otherwise have raised. & # 39;

Sir Alex is believed to have said that Miss Patel was "also, in many cases, justified by the frustration of the lack of responsiveness of the Home Office leadership and the lack of support it received".

He noted that the interior minister's relationship with her officials had improved in recent months. The Home Secretary has always denied wrongdoing, and sources close to her insisted that no formal complaints were ever made.

Home Office permanent secretary Matthew Rycroft said today that relations between officials and ministers at the ministry had "improved significantly" but entered the report into the home secretary's behavior that was "difficult to read".

Alex Allan: Former spy chief who once surfed down the Thames to work and was later embroiled in a mystery of the attack

Sir Alex Allan is a civil servant and former intelligence chief who was once at the heart of a mystery leading to allegations that he was the target of an assassination attempt.

The 69-year-old was chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee from 2007 to 2011. In this role, he assessed the work of MI5 and MI6.

Fit and active, he was known as an avid runner, sailor, and cyclist who once surfed down the Thames in a suit to hit a train blow (see below).

In July 2008, Sir Alex, a former private secretary to John Major and Tony Blair on Downing Street, was found unconscious in his West London home.

The JIC boss – also known as a fan of the 1960s band The Grateful Dead – fell into a coma and was described as "very, very seriously ill".

Wildlife painter Dominique Salm, who rented his late wife's art studio in his home, told neighbors he was spotted with blood all over the place.

Her report added to speculation that Mr. Allan may have been attacked by a foreign spy agency.

He was placed under police protection in the hospital while he was being tested for toxicology at home.

Speculation has centered on whether he had been attacked by terrorists or a hostile foreign government, and questions about his personal safety have been raised.

Allan's wife, artist Katie Clemson, died of cancer in 2007 at the age of 58 and continued to live in what was known as an "artist enclave" on the Thames near Hammersmith.

He also posted his personal information on his own website, including his address, phone number, and family and friends information.

However, government officials tried to downplay the investigation into his collapse, which was overseen by Scotland Yard's Counter Terrorism Command.

Details of the police investigation's conclusions were not officially released, but Whitehall sources were cited at the time they accused the pneumonia and insisted that it was "not suspicious".

He said: “Sir Alex Allan's findings make reading difficult, even for the public service.

“The Home Secretary and I are committed to working together to improve the Home Office and to build the closest possible partnership between ministers and officials based on support, openness, security, mutual respect and professionalism.

“Relations between ministers and officials have improved significantly.

“Day in and day out, Home Office staff work tirelessly to protect the public, reduce crime and improve our immigration and asylum systems, and we are determined to do so in a supportive environment that respects their wellbeing.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey tweeted: “Priti Patel broke the ministerial code, the prime minister should have fired her.

“It is the prime minister's job to set an example, but Johnson has failed again. He seems to believe that there is one rule for him and his friends and another rule for everyone else. Totally unacceptable. & # 39;

Sir Philip Rutnam, who had resigned as permanent secretary to the Home Office under Ms. Patel, however, denied Sir Alex's advice.

He said he had advised the Home Secretary last year not to "curse and yell at staff" and that he was "never asked to provide evidence for the cabinet investigation".

He said: “The council states that the Home Secretary has not been given any feedback and therefore was not aware of any issues that she might otherwise have raised. That is not right.

As early as August 2019, a month after her appointment, she was advised not to yell at or abuse the staff.

"I informed them several times between September 2019 and February 2020 that staff must be treated with respect and changes must be made to protect health, safety and well-being."

Senior Tories rallied around the Home Secretary today as Labor and other parties called for her to be fired.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Times Radio today that she was "nothing but polite," adding, "The truth is, she is also absolutely determined to meet the priorities we were chosen for. She is a brilliant Home Secretary. & # 39;

House of Commons chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg said Ms. Patel was a "formidable home secretary" and "an asset to the government".

Secretary of State James Cleverly said he was "proud that my friend and neighbor (Priti Patel) is running the Home Office and providing more police officers and safe borders".

"It fulfills the first government duty, protecting the British people," he tweeted.

And senior Tory MP Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs selection committee, said Ms. Patel had support across the party because she was "hard working, determined and very kind to many".

He wrote on Twitter: "She knows her own mind has been a great addition to @CommonsForeign and does a tough job at @ukhomeoffice."

But Labor accused Mr Johnson of presiding over a "cover-up" after it was discovered that an investigation report into their behavior was not made public. Instead, the Prime Minister is expected to publish an assessment of his results.

Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said the proposals that Mr Johnson not fire Ms. Patel showed "all the hallmarks of a prime minister's cover-up".

He told BBC Radio 4's Today program, "I think we need to see the full report, it needs to be published in full line by line, and the Home Secretary and Prime Minister need to come to Parliament to answer questions about the revelations the last few days have been extremely serious.

“I'm afraid this has all the hallmarks of a prime minister's cover-up and raises questions about his judgment.

"If what has been reported is correct, it is tantamount to the Prime Minister approving of bullying."

Mr Thomas-Symonds said that given the nine month delay in completing the investigation into Ms. Patel's conduct, he "lost confidence in the process" and said the matter should be referred to the Public Standards Committee for "full investigation" will take place and establish the facts ”.

Labor MP and Shadow Secretary for Domestic Violence Jess Phillips tweeted, “What a shame.

“While the government is urging the whole country to obey the rules, it cannot in good faith say that the rules do not apply to them.

Any Tory who wants to defend this is completely without reason or understanding.

"In all of my years of working with those who have suffered from those who use power to control and harass people, I can tell you that when people get away with it, their behavior gets worse when you think it does she did carefully. it doesn't. & # 39;

Dave Penman, FDA Secretary General, said: “We have seen basically two resignations on either side of this sad affair, and in the middle a total lack of political leadership and moral authority on the part of the Prime Minister.

I can't believe he doesn't understand how officials will view his decision to ignore the evidence that the Home Secretary bullied her staff and, as such, violated the Ministerial Code. The only conclusion that can be drawn is that he just doesn't care.

“No official can now trust that complaints about the behavior of ministers will be dealt with fairly or impartially.

& # 39; As Lord Evans, chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life said, this episode raises serious questions about the effectiveness of the current arrangements for investigating and responding to breaches of the Ministerial Code.

"It is clear that we now need an independent and transparent process in which allegations of bullying and harassment against ministers can be dealt with effectively and without political interference."

Priti Patel, the home secretary who returned a shock to the government after Boris Johnson came to power

Priti Patel was brought back to the heart of the government by Boris Johnson in July 2019, less than two years after she left the cabinet out of favor.

As the daughter of the Ugandan Asians from Gujarati, she inherited her Tory values ​​and work ethic from her parents.

Right winger and vocalist Brexiteer's maternal family was originally from Gujarat, India, before moving to Uganda in the early 20th century and thriving in business.

They moved to Britain in the 1960s before the East African nation's 80,000 Asian community was driven out by the murderous dictator Idi Amin in 1972.

Priti Patel is pictured as a baby with her mother Anjana, who initially lived in a small room in north London with her father Sushil while he was finishing his engineering degree

Priti Patel is pictured as a baby with her mother Anjana, who initially lived in a small room in north London with her father Sushil while he was finishing his engineering degree

Her parents, Sushil and Anjana, initially lived in a small room in North London while he was finishing his engineering degree.

Eventually they were able to buy a small house in Harrow and use it to get a bank loan for their first store, a newspaper seller in Tottenham.

Priti and her younger sister and brother were often asked to work with their parents in the various shops and post offices they operated in Nottingham, Ipswich and Norwich.

When Priti reached secondary school age, the Hertfordshire family bought an upscale chocolate shop that had good state schools, including Watford Grammar where she was Head Girl.

She later received degrees in economics, sociology and social anthropology from Keele University and a postgraduate diploma in government and politics in Essex.

Sir Alex & # 39; advice to the Prime Minister in full

Here is the advice of his independent ministerial standards advisor, Sir Alex Allan, to the Prime Minister on the investigation of the Priti Patel in full:

"The Ministerial Code states that ministers should be professional in their working relationships with the civil service and treat everyone they come in contact with with consideration and respect."

“I believe that officials – especially senior officials – should be expected to deal with strong criticism but not face any behavior that goes beyond it. The Home Secretary says she values ​​professional, open relationships. It is action-oriented and can be direct.

& # 39; The Minister of the Interior is also – and rightly in many cases – frustrated by the lack of responsiveness of the leadership of the Ministry of the Interior and the lack of support that she received from the DfID three years ago.

& # 39; The evidence is that this has manifested itself in powerful expression including some occasions of yelling and cursing. This cannot be done on purpose to cause interference, but it has been affecting some people.

"The Ministerial Code states that" Harassment, bullying or other inappropriate or discriminatory behavior, wherever it occurs, is inconsistent with the Ministerial Code … "Definitions of harassment involve comments or actions relating to personal characteristics, and there are none Evidence from the work of the Cabinet Office of such behavior by the Home Secretary.

“The definition of bullying adopted by the public service accepts that legitimate, sensible and constructive criticism of a worker's performance does not mean bullying. It defines bullying as intimidating or abusive behavior that makes a person feel uncomfortable, scared, less respected, or depressed. Cases of conduct reported to the Cabinet Office would fit such a definition.

“The public service itself has to think about its role during this time. The Home Office was not as flexible as it could have responded to requests and instructions from the Home Secretary. She rightly did not always feel supported by the department. In addition, the Home Secretary was not given any feedback on the impact of her behavior, which meant she was unaware of the issues that she might otherwise have raised.

My advice is that the Minister of the Interior has not consistently met the high standards of the Ministerial Code for the considerate and respectful treatment of her officials. Her approach has on occasion been what can be termed bullying in relation to the impact of the individual. In this respect, their behavior violated the Ministerial Code, albeit unintentionally.

'This conclusion needs to be seen in context. There is no evidence that she was aware of the effects of her behavior and no feedback was given at this point. The high pressure and demands of the Home Office role, as well as the need for more supportive leadership from the top department, clearly contributed to this. In particular, I notice that different and more positive behavior was noted as these issues were addressed with her. & # 39;

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