The UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, was accused of intimidation and bullying. The investigation that analyzes the accusations of intimidation by the head of the Interior has concluded that Patel “involuntarily” violated the rules of behavior imposed on the ministers.
It was the British Prime Minister himself, Boris Johnson, who asked officials to conduct an investigation to “establish the facts” in March after allegations were filed against Patel.
And it is that at the beginning of the year, the top British official in the Ministry of the Interior, Philip Rutman, resigned from his post claiming that he had become “the target of a vicious and orchestrated campaign against him” in which, he alleged, Patel was involved. The minister has always rejected any accusation of harassment. Although the independent government report on standards was completed in the summer, it has not yet been published.
The British public broadcaster BBC, citing unidentified sources, reported that the draft report found that Patel had violated the ministerial code. In this code, states that ministers must treat officials with respect. The report concludes that there was evidence of harassment, even if it was unintentional.
The newspaper “The Sun” indicated for its part that the investigation concluded that Patel inadvertently broke the code, but no formal complaints were filed against her, while the ITV network reported that Johnson would not reprimand her.
“The process is ongoing and the prime minister will make any decision on the matter public once it is concluded,” a government spokeswoman said in a statement in response to the reports.
The Johnson administration has had an uneasy relationship with senior officials, with several senior officials leaving their posts since Johnson’s election victory last December. Nick Thomas-Symonds, the internal affairs spokesman for the opposition Labor Party, acknowledged that the revelations could not be more serious.
“This has all the makings of a cover-up for the prime minister and raises fundamental questions about his judgment,” he said in a statement.
“His actions are practically tolerating harassment in the workplace.”