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London (AP) — Members of the British conservative government defended the country’s interior minister on Friday after the investigation was reported …
London (AP) — Members of the British conservative government defended the state’s interior minister on Friday after the investigation reportedly discovered that she had breached the minister’s rules by bullying staff.
Home Secretary Priti Patel is under investigation after several civil servants have accused her of bullying. Philip Ratnam, the interior ministry’s chief civil servant, resigned in March, saying Patel despised employees and fostered a horrifying environment within the department.
Patel denies that claim.
The publication of the findings has been delayed by several months by the office of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. A summary of the findings will be published on Friday, although it is not necessarily a complete report.
The Times of London and other media reported that Patel concluded that “it does not always meet the high standards of (ministries’) norms in treating civil servants with respect.” She said her actions met the definition of bullying, which may have been unintentional.
A minister who is found to have violated the ministerial code is usually expected to resign.
The opposition Labor Party said it had to publish a full report. Otherwise, it would look like a government “concealment.”
Patel was appointed by Johnson to a major post in charge of the fight against immigration and crime after winning the elections in December 2019. A law and order hardliner, she vowed to stop immigrants from France trying to cross the English Channel by small boat, but with little success.
A colleague defended Patel. Health Minister Matt Hancock said she was “a good interior minister and really provided what was important to the people,” and International Trade Minister Liz Truss described her as “compassionate and determined.” He called it “hardworking and professional.”
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