Home Secretary Priti Patel embroiled in bullying allegations row


Day-old baby found dead inside well

The corpse of a baby girl, suspected to be a day old, has been recovered in a well at Tsalle Village, Gezawa...

One die during building demolition in Port Harcourt

One person has been confirmed dead after a building which was being demolished around the Ikoku area of Port Harcourt city collapsed.

ATM fraudster nabbed with N1.6m

An alleged fraudster has been arrested with several ATM cards belonging to different people. Aliyu Abdullahi, who hails from...

Bandits kill Catholic Priest, abduct another in Katsina

Suspected bandits, Thursday night, killed Rev. Father Alphonsus Bello Yanshim and disappeared with Rev. Father Joseph Keke both of St. Vincent Ferrer...

How police, other security agencies foiled abduction of 4 Plateau varsity students

Nigerian Security Agencies have prevented the abduction of about four students of the Plateau State University in Bokkos Local Government Area of...

A bullying allegations row has broken out over the home secretary’s alleged treatment of her department’s most senior civil servant.

Priti Patel tried to remove permanent secretary Sir Philip Rutnam from the role after they had a series of arguments, according to the Press Association.

She is also facing accusations of belittling officials, making unreasonable demands and creating an “atmosphere of fear”, according to The Times.

The sign outside the Home Office in Westminster, London, following the resignation of Amber Rudd who resigned as Home Secretary amid claims she misled Parliament over targets for removing illegal migrants.
Image: The Home Office said no formal complaint had been made against Ms Patel

Ms Patel and Sir Philip had “fundamental disagreements about the rule of law”, the newspaper quoted a source as saying.

But an ally of the home secretary told PA they “did not recognise” these claims.

And the Home Office said no formal complaint had been made against her and it takes staff welfare “extremely seriously”.

Matters reportedly came to a head last week when an unnamed senior official collapsed after a meeting with Ms Patel, following an all-night effort to reverse a High Court ruling barring the deportation of 25 foreign criminals to Jamaica.

The official was confronted by Ms Patel who demanded to know why the Home Office had failed to reverse the ruling, The Times said.

He fell ill later in the day and when checked over at a hospital was found to have a sodium deficiency, believed to be because he drank too much water while working late.

Department for Transport (DfT) permanent secretary Philip Rutnam answers questions at the House of Commons Transport Committee over the fiasco surrounding the West Coast rail franchise.
Image: Sir Philip Rutnam, pictured in 2012, is the Home Office permanent secretary

A source told PA that staff were exhausted after working all night but dismissed claims the meeting was heated.

Instead they described it as “constructive”, with officials being asked to work on finding solutions to making sure the situation did not occur again.

Business minister Nadhim Zahawi said he had known Ms Patel for 25 years and praised her for being someone who’s “utterly professional, works night and day to deliver for the country”.

“She is a brilliant, collegiate team player,” he told LBC, adding when asked if she was a bully: “No, I don’t think she is at all.”

But Dave Penman, general secretary of the FDA union which represents senior civil servants, said staff at the Home Office were “working flat out”.

“Putting undue pressure and demands on committed public servants that are already overstretched does not make for good government and will do this administration no favours in delivering its policy priorities,” he added.

“Ministers have to recognise the consequences of their behavior.”

Sign up to FREE email alerts from Tribunepoint Weekly - Daily News

When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.

- Advertisement -

Read Also


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest News

Democracy Day: Nigeria would have been destroyed – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said Nigeria has witnessed and overcome a good number of testy challenges that would have destroyed it...

I will end insecurity – Buhari assures Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday vowed to end insecurity in Nigeria. Buhari said his administration is working towards ensuring...

Full speech of President Buhari’s Democracy Day address

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday morning, addressed Nigerians to mark the 2021 Democracy Day celebration. The speech reads in...

Anger as Buhari sees ”all Igbo as IPOB,” vows to unleash army, police on Southeast

A section of Nigerians have expressed their anger over President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent comments concerning the South East region.

I’m prepared to lay down my life for Nigeria – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that during his days in the Nigerian Army, he was ready to pay the ultimate price for...