Home Secretary backed up by PM over bullying accusations

Priti Patel via Creative Commons

Sir Alex Allan has resigned as PM’s adviser on ministerial code after Boris Johnson has ruled that Priti Patel did not breach the code following bullying accusations against her.

Bullying accusations against Home Secretary, Priti Patel led to an investigation launched in March 2020 to establish whether Ms Patel had breached the ministerial code. 

Following the prime minister’s ruling of backing up Ms Patel, Sir Alex Allan resigned as the PM’s adviser on ministerial code and commented: “I recognise it is for the prime minister to make a judgment on whether actions by a minister amount to a breach of the ministerial code.

“But I feel it is right that I should now resign from my position as the prime minister’s independent adviser on the code.”

Sir Philip Rutnam, the Home Office’s most senior civil servant had resigned following a feud with Ms Patel. Sir Philip is suing for constructive dismissal. 

At the time, he had received allegations of Ms Patel’s behaviour, described as “shouting and swearing, belittling people, making unreasonable and repeated demands” and that she had created “fear” in the Home Office. 

Ms Patel has rejected all allegations and claimed she has been the victim of a Westminster smear campaign, SkyNews reports. 

Words: Sam Tabahriti | Subbing: Salimotu Shobowale


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