PCS reacts to report on bullying allegations against Priti Patel

20 Nov 2020

Home Secretary Priti Patel escaped being sacked today, despite accusations she bullied staff in the Home Office including former permanent secretary Sir Philip Rutnam.  

A report by the Prime Minister’s adviser on Ministerial Standards said originally that the Home Secretary had “not consistently met the high standards expected of her.” 

However, Boris Johnson has decided that the ministerial code was not breached by Priti Patel despite the report. 

Mr Johnson’s adviser Sir Alex Allan has now resigned in response.  

Ms Patel apologised saying she was sorry her “behaviour in the past [had] upset people.” 

It is not the first controversy to surround the Home Secretary. Ms Patel came under heavy criticism for a Dad’s Army style video depicting migrants swarming into Britain, when many were escaping persecution or looking to set up a new life in this country.  

General secretary Mark Serwotka said: “It is outrageous that Priti Patel has not been sacked despite the Prime Minister's own adviser on the Ministerial Code found her in breach, following serious accusations of bullying in the department.  

“Civil servants do an incredibly difficult job keeping public services running and impartially advising ministers. 

“There should be no circumstances where bullying is acceptable and this should be a warning to other ministers that our union will not tolerate any bullying, harassment or intimidation in the workplace.” 

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