Patel in peril
Priti Patel was clinging to her job this week, following revelations that she had undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials while on holiday in Israel. The International Development Secretary held 12 meetings during her 13-day holiday in August, without officially notifying Downing Street or the Foreign Office. One of the meetings was with the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. She apologised this week, and was expected to hold onto her job, but her position started to look less tenable when it emerged that she had held other meetings with Israeli officials in September, and that she had visited the Golan Heights – occupied Syrian territory which, according to protocol, British officials do not visit.