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Boris Johnson’s bullying inquiry chief resigns over Priti Patel allegations

• The Prime Minister’s standards advisor has resigned after Boris Johnson overruled him and refused to sack Home Secretary Priti Patel after a damning report found that she had been guilty of bullying staff.
• Johnson has refused to sack Patel, despite the foreword to the ministerial code, signed off by Johnson last year, stating that ‘there must be no bullying and no harassment.’
• Sir Alex Allan, who wrote the report, resigned and issued a statement saying: ‘I feel that it is right that I should now resign from my position as the prime minister’s independent adviser on the code.’

The Prime Minister’s advisor on the ministerial code has resigned after Boris Johnson overruled him and refused to sack Home Secretary Priti Patel after his report found that she had been guilty of bullying staff.

A report by Sir Alex Allan, the prime minister’s adviser on the ministerial code who wrote the report, is said to have found that Patel shouted and swore at subordinates in the Home Office and conducted “behaviour that can be described as bullying.”

Johnson has refused to sack Patel, despite the foreword to the ministerial code — signed off by Johnson last year — stating that “there must be no bullying and no harassment.”

However, a spokesperson for the prime minister said that while the prime minister “loathes” bullying he considered Patel’s apology to be “full and frank” and that the matter should end there.

In a resignation statement on Friday, Allan said: “I recognise that it is for the prime minister to make a judgment on whether actions by a minister amount to a breach of the ministerial code. But I feel that it is right that I should now resign from my position as the prime minister’s independent adviser on the code.”

Allan’s long-awaited report on Patel’s behaviour was leaked to the Times, the BBC, and other outlets on Thursday following newspaper reports in 2019 that the Home Secretary had been responsible for “bullying, belittling officials in meetings, making unreasonable demands and creating an atmosphere of fear.” Read from source….