News | Published April 29 2020

Labour calls for Patel bullying inquiry to go public

The Labour Party has called for the findings of a Cabinet Office inquiry into home secretary Priti Patel’s behaviour to be made public “as soon as possible”.

The inquiry came about after allegations emerged that Patel had been bullying staff at three different government departments. The home secretary has denied any wrongdoing.

The final report has been completed and its findings are expected to be revealed in the coming days, but no action has yet been taken to either clear or penalise Patel.

Labour shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds and shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Rachel Reeves, have now urged cabinet minister Michael Gove to update Parliament about the inquiry.

Both Labour politicians wrote to Gove last week, saying: “At a time when additional powers are being assumed by the government, the imperative that the public are completely assured of the conduct of senior ministers is even greater.

"As a result, we are calling on you to ensure that the findings of the inquiry are published as soon as possible."

The letter is yet to receive a response.

Elsewhere, an employment tribunal claim against Patel made by former Home Office secretary Sir Philip Rutnam is still ongoing.

Patel herself is due to face questions from the Home Affairs Select Committee via Parliament's video-conference system on Wednesday morning, concerning the approach that the Home Office has taken toward handling the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. It will be Patel's first appearance before the committee since October 23, 2019, having declined multiple invitations in the last three months.

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Alexander Bridge-Wilkinson
Junior Editor
April 29 2020

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