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Response to Denzil_DC (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 20, 2020, 04:22 PM

9. My local MP is just fibbing about the report into Patel's bullying

And Miriam Cates might just be too thick to know any better herself.


The Conservative MP for Penistone and Stocksbrige has wrongly claimed that a civil servantís report did not find that Home Secretary Priti Patel had bullied staff.

Miriam Cates told the BBC: ďWe need to be very clear that the report has not found bullying behaviour. I think it says that she didnít always treat civil servants with the considerstion she should have done which may have led some of them to have felt they had been bulled Ė but thereís certainly no evidence of intentional bullying.Ē

In fact, Sir Alexander Allanís report said: ď[The civil service] defines bullying as intimidating or insulting behaviour that makes an individual feel uncomfortable, frightened, less respected or put down. Instances of the behaviour reported to the Cabinet Office would meet such a definition.Ē The report found Patel had shouted and swore at staff.

Allanís report went on to say that Patel had breached the ministerial code. Despite this finding, Boris Johnson has claimed she did not breach the code and allowed her to continue in her job. Shortly after this decision, Sir Alexander Allan resigned. When questioned about this, Cate said that she didnít know why Allan resigned and that Boris Johnson had taken into account Allanís report.

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