BORIS Johnson is under pressure to release the findings of a seven-month inquiry into alleged bullying by Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Dave Penman, general secretary of the senior and middle managment civil servants union, FDA, sent a letter of complaint to Johnson complaining that the delay in publishing the inquiry’s findings was eroding trust between ministers and senior civil servants.
The Cabinet Office inquiry was launched on 2 March by Michael Gove. He told parliament: “It is vital that this investigation is concluded as quickly as possible in the interests of everyone involved.”
Patel is alleged to have mistreated staff and clashed with senior officials in three departments, including in her role as home secretary. She has denied all the claims.
Patel’s allies suspect other ministers are behind attempts to discredit her plans to transport asylum seekers by leaking details to the media.
Prime Minister Thereasa May sacked Patel, as International Development Secretary in 2017, in a political scandal involving unauthorised meetings with the Government of Israel.
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