Priti Patel Told Undisclosed Meetings In Israel A 'Resigning Matter'

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"The Prime Minister welcomes the Secretary of State's clarification about her trip to Israel and has accepted her apology for her handling of the matter", the spokesman said.

They also discussed the Israeli domestic political scene, India, Netanyahu's then-forthcoming visit to London to mark the centenary last week of the Balfour declaration, and "prospects for closer collaboration between Israel and the United Kingdom on development and humanitarian issues".

The global development secretary, Priti Patel, held undisclosed meetings in Israel without telling the Foreign Office while accompanied by an influential pro-Israeli Conservative lobbyist, it has been reported.

On Tuesday No.10 confirmed Patel had suggested the United Kingdom send aid money to the Israeli army in the Golan Heights.

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Labour's spokeswoman for global development, Kate Osamor, said that Ms. Patel should resign or face an investigation by the Cabinet Office for breach of the ministerial code.

The Witham MP has apologised for not notifying Downing Street or the Foreign Office of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others during time out on a family holiday.

"It appears to me to a be a gross breach of the exiting code of ministerial conduct".

On Monday, Ms Patel issued a statement to say her Tel Aviv meetings were to discuss "prospects for closer collaboration between Israel and the United Kingdom on development and humanitarian issues".

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There was also anger that Ms Patel refused to delay her Uganda trip to duck being hauled in front of angry MPs who tabled an urgent question for her to answer in the Commons. "This quote may be read as implying that the Secretary of State was saying that the meetings that had so far been publicly reported were the only ones which took place on her visit". The Foreign Office was aware of the visit while it was underway, but were not informed about it in advance.

One close ally of the PM told The Sun: "Priti wants to be leader, she's made that very clear to all of us. She got that wrong".

She was accompanied by Lord Polak, honorary president of Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), an influential lobbying organisation, during the visit in August. I am publishing a list of who I met.

She also held several meetings with representatives of charities and NGOs involved in aid and humanitarian work.

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Some of the areas in the Middle East had become "fertile territory for extremist groups and organisations" and Ms Patel declared that within her ministry, DfID, there was a commitment to "ending hateful ideologies", particularly in teaching in schools which sowed division between countries and communities.

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