Boris Johnson facing a legal challenge over the decision not to fire Priti Patel. The FDA Union is suing Boris Johnson after he largely dismissed allegations of bullying by Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Priti Patel is feeling the pressure to resign as FDA union launch a legal battle with No 10. The PM is looking to hold off at least until the end of January 2021 before asking Priti Patel to resign.
The pre-action notice letter from the Union says Johnson’s decision would set a “damaging precedent which gives carte blanche to the kind of unacceptable conduct which the home secretary was found to have committed”.
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The action, which is being brought by the FDA Union, represents more than 500 senior officials and could lead to the Prime Minister’s decision being overruled.
The Home Secretary reportedly bullied a number of her senior officials. The government launched an investigation into Patel’s behaviour, headed by Sir Alex Allan, who concluded that her actions should be classified as bullying.
PM Boris Johnson is said to make a decision after the 31st of January 2021 – He is clutching at any and all allies in the wake of a NO DEAL Brexit which is the most likely scenario at the moment.
I won’t give them the RTs they crave, but a quick trawl through tweets about “Activist Lawyers” shows this is now the go-to term of the far-right when inciting violence against lawyers who act for “foreign criminals” & “illegal immigrants”.@pritipatel’s words have consequences.
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Patel’s behaviour was said to be in breach of ministerial code, which states that: “Harassing, bullying or other inappropriate behaviour wherever it takes place is not consistent with the code and will not be tolerated.”
Sir Alex Allan, who led the investigation into Priti Patel and the bullying allegations made against her, resigned after Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked him to change his report.
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