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Day: November 21, 2020

Priti Patel probe: PM tried to interfere
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Priti Patel probe: PM tried to interfere

    Boris Johnson has been accused of trying and failing to interfere with the official inquiry into allegations of bullying by home secretary Priti Patel. After refusing to sack Patel, despite a summary of the report released on Friday finding that her conduct amounted to behaviour that can be described as bullying, the PM is now facing allegations that he attempted to pressure his standards adviser into watering down his conclusion. Downing Street has not denied suggestions that Johnson had approached Sir Alex Allan in a bid to tone down the report. The adviser quit on Friday when the Johnson overruled his conclusion that Patel breached the ministerial code with her behaviour towards staff, which Allan said included shouting and swearing. Offering what she described ...