UK Cabinet Member Quits Amidst Israel Meetings Row

Priti Patel has resigned as UK international development secretary amid controversy over her meetings with Israeli officials.

She was ordered back from an official trip in Africa by the PM and summoned to Downing Street over the row.

In her resignation letter, Ms Patel said her actions "fell below the standards of transparency and openness that I have promoted and advocated".

The PM said her decision was "right" as "further details have come to light".

Ms Patel had apologised to Mrs May on Monday after unauthorised meetings with Israeli politicians in August came to light, but it later emerged she had two further meetings without government officials present in September.

Ms Patel had a 30-minute meeting with Mrs May, arriving at 10 Downing Street via the back door after returning to the UK.

Her resignation from the cabinet is the second in seven days, after Sir Michael Fallon quit as defence secretary on Wednesday last week amid allegations about his behaviour.

In her letter to Theresa May, Ms Patel said: "While my actions were meant with the best of intentions, my actions also fell below the standards of transparency and openness that I have promoted and advocated.

"I offer a fulsome apology to you and to the government for what has happened and offer my resignation."

In her reply, Mrs May said: "Now that further details have come to light, it is right that you have decided to resign and adhere to the high standards of transparency and openness that you have advocated."

She added that Ms Patel should "take pride" in what had been achieved during her time as secretary of state.

The BBC's chief political correspondent Vicki Young said Theresa May "decided to give her colleague the dignity of resigning".

But she said the response from Mrs May was "interesting", saying: "It was clear from Theresa May that if she hadn't resigned, she would have been sacked."

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the BBC: "Priti Patel has been a very good colleague and friend for a long time and a first class secretary of state for international development.

"It's been a real pleasure working with her and I'm sure she has a great future ahead of her."

Meanwhile, Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson has written to Mrs May over claims passed to him that Ms Patel met Foreign Office officials in Jerusalem, which he says makes it "impossible to sustain the claim that the FCO was not aware of Ms Patel's presence in Israel".

Mr Watson said he was "pleased" that Ms Patel had resigned as her undisclosed meetings were "a clear breach of the ministerial code, and of diplomatic protocol".

In her reply, Mrs May said: "Now that further details have come to light, it is right that you have decided to resign and adhere to the high standards of transparency and openness that you have advocated."

She added that Ms Patel should "take pride" in what had been achieved during her time as secretary of state.

The BBC's chief political correspondent Vicki Young said Theresa May "decided to give her colleague the dignity of resigning".

But she said the response from Mrs May was "interesting", saying: "It was clear from Theresa May that if she hadn't resigned, she would have been sacked."

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the BBC: "Priti Patel has been a very good colleague and friend for a long time and a first class secretary of state for international development.

"It's been a real pleasure working with her and I'm sure she has a great future ahead of her."

Meanwhile, Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson has written to Mrs May over claims passed to him that Ms Patel met Foreign Office officials in Jerusalem, which he says makes it "impossible to sustain the claim that the FCO was not aware of Ms Patel's presence in Israel".

Mr Watson said he was "pleased" that Ms Patel had resigned as her undisclosed meetings were "a clear breach of the ministerial code, and of diplomatic protocol".

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