Another British Minister resigns in one week - Whisper Eye

Another British Minister resigns in one week

Theresa May is facing a second cabinet reshuffle in a week, as she comes under pressure to say what the Foreign Office knew of Priti Patel’s visit to Israel.
Ms Patel resigned as international development secretary on Wednesday after holding a series of unauthorized meetings with Israeli officials.
In a letter to the PM, she said she had lacked “transparency and openness”.
However, Labor has now called on Mrs. May to say when government officials knew about the undisclosed meetings.
Ms Patel resigned having been told by the prime minister to return from an official trip in Africa and report to Downing Street.
It is the second cabinet resignation in the space of seven days, after Sir Michael Fallon quit as defence secretary last week. He was replaced by Gavin Williamson, as Mrs May adjusted her government team.
A replacement for Ms Patel, who was a key figure in the Vote Leave campaign, is expected to be announced on Thursday, with a lot of attention on whether or not it goes to a Brexiteer.
The row began last week, when whisper eye media team reported that Ms Patel arranged a number of private meetings with business and political figures during a family holiday to Israel in August.
After the visit, she asked her officials to look into whether Britain could support humanitarian operations conducted by the Israeli army in the occupied Golan Heights area.
But Foreign Office officials strongly advised against this as the need for humanitarian aid was greater elsewhere and giving aid to the military broke aid rules.
Ms Patel, who has served as the Tory MP for Witham in Essex since 2010, was formally reprimanded in Downing Street on Monday.
She was asked to give details about the meetings, which were not sanctioned by the Foreign Office, and to correct information she initially gave when details of the meetings were published.
“Now that further details have come to light it is right you have decided to resign.”
Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg suggested disgruntled Remainers could be behind the leak that led to the downfall of Ms Patel, who is a prominent Brexiteer.

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