International development secretary becomes second cabinet minister in a week to quit
My colleague Jessica Elgot has handed over the blog to me for the evening.
I will continue to follow reaction to Patel’s resignation.
Politicians are already reacting to Patel’s departure.
In a statement, Lib Dem deputy leader Jo Swinson said she had been “rightly been forced to step down for her cover up of meetings with foreign officials and the inappropriate requests for aid to be sent to the Israeli military in the Golan Heights.”
This was an appalling error of judgement and is nothing short of a major failure by the British government.
Number 10 must answer questions about their complicity in this scandal. Someone has been deceived, either the British people or the Prime Minister’s office. Whichever it is someone must be held to account.
Amazed the PM waited for disgraced Priti Patel to resign after her secret meetings with Israelis – if she wasn’t so weak and wobbly she’d have sacked her earlier in the week.
Resignation by @patel4witham is very sad. She’s a good woman and a leading Brexiteer in the Cabinet.
Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2017/nov/08/priti-patel-secret-israel-meetings-politics-live
Author : Jessica Elgot and Andrew Sparrow (earlier)
Publish date : 8 November 2017 | 7:40 pm
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