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Labour calls for publication of the report into Priti Patel

Nick Thomas-Symonds, Labour’s Home Secretary, and Rachel Reeves, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, have written to the Government for the third time calling for the report into whether Priti Patel broke Ministerial Code in relation to accusations of bullying to “be published immediately for it to be properly considered before recess begins”.

Noting that a report in The Times suggests “that there are attempts to politically interfere in the process, both in relation to the findings of the report and timing of its publication”, Thomas-Symonds and Reeves state in their letter that the delay “creates the clear sense that the Government is acting in the interests of a Conservative Party elite, rather than the national interest.”

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said “It has been over four months since the Government promised a report into whether the Home Secretary broke the Ministerial Code. There are now allegations of deeply inappropriate political interference in the publication of the report, both in terms of content and timing. The delay in producing it is totally unacceptable.

“Yet again the Government is acting in the interests of a Conservative Party elite, rather than the national interest. I’ve written to the Minister for the Cabinet Office calling for the report be published immediately, so that it can be properly considered before the recess.”

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP,
11 July 2020

Dear Michael,
We write to you for the third time to ask why there has been such an unacceptable delay in publishing Sir Alex Allan’s report into whether the Home Secretary broke the Ministerial Code.

You initially announced the review over four months ago, on 2 March, and we wrote to you on 20 April requesting an update. We also wrote a further letter earlier this week requesting an update.

Since then there have been further significant developments, with a report in The Times today that there are attempts to politically interfere in the process, both in relation to the findings of the report and timing of its publication.

This would be completely unacceptable, and a matter of such significant national importance should have been dealt with far more urgently.

Yet again, it creates the clear sense that the Government is acting in the interests of a Conservative Party elite, rather than the national interest.

We have been asking frontline public servants to make extraordinary sacrifices throughout this pandemic and it is only right that they have full faith in those in Government who make demands of them.

This report must now be published immediately for it to be properly considered before recess begins, and we look forward to your confirmation of this.

Yours sincerely,
Nick Thomas-Symonds MP
Shadow Home Secretary

Rachel Reeves MP
Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster