Priti Patel resigned from her cabinet position as United Kingdom’s international development secretary after flying back from Nairobi to London for incisive talks with Prime minister Theresa May.
The minister quit after being summoned back from an official trip to Uganda and Ethiopia by Downing Street after it was revealed Patel failed to be honest with May about 14 unofficial meetings with Israeli ministers including- Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, moguls and senior lobbyist while on a family holiday.
She was said to have broken the ministerial code by failing to report these meetings to the Foreign Office or the Government. In her resignation letter, Patel offered fulsome apology saying her actions had fallen below the standards of transparency and openness. She added: “I have seen the very best of Britain and know it will flourish on the world stage as we leave the European Union.”
Theresa May’s response to her resignation said, “it is right that you have decided to resign” but commends Ms Patel for her work as an International Development Secretary.
The prime minister will be required to carry out another reshuffle that will create disruption and add to the sense of instability across Whitehall and Whiteminister as her minority government battles to dominate over the control of political agenda.
Patel is the second cabinet to resign from office in a week after Michael Fallon resigned from his post as Defence Secretary following allegations about his behavior. Ms. Patel had only been in Kenya for a matter of hours before the Prime minister ordered she make a return trip.