Pa­tel over­whelmed by sup­port af­ter quit­ting

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

Priti Pa­tel has made her first pub­lic ap­pear­ance since re­sign­ing as UK in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment sec­re­tary af­ter a row over unau­tho­rised meet­ings.

Ms Pa­tel, 45, at­tended the Armistice Day ser­vice in her Witham con­stituency in Es­sex yes­ter­day.

Last week, she was sum­moned to Down­ing Street and quit her cab­i­net post over her meet­ings with Is­raeli of­fi­cials.

Af­ter the ser­vice, she said she had been “in­un­dated” with sup­port.

Ms Pa­tel quit her post on Wed­nes­day, ad­mit­ting unau­tho­rised meet­ings with Is­raeli of­fi­cials had “lacked trans­parency”.

It was re­vealed how Ms Pa­tel had ar­ranged a num­ber of meet­ings with busi­ness and po­lit­i­cal fig­ures dur­ing a fam­ily hol­i­day to Is­rael in Au­gust, with­out telling Down­ing Street or the For­eign Of­fice.

It later emerged that af­ter Ms Pa­tel’s visit to Is­rael she asked her of­fi­cials to look into whether Bri­tain could sup­port hu­man­i­tar­ian op­er­a­tions con­ducted by the Is­raeli army in the oc­cu­pied Golan Heights area.

The Con­ser­va­tive MP did not take any ques­tions dur­ing her visit yes­ter­day but told re­porters: “I’ve been over­whelmed with sup­port from col­leagues across the po­lit­i­cal di­vide.

“Of course, noth­ing is more hum­bling than the sup­port I’ve re­ceived from my con­stituents.

“I look for­ward to re­turn­ing to par­lia­ment.”

Priti Pa­tel

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