By Christian Smith
Priti Patel has become the second cabinet minister to be forced out of office in the past seven days.
The Secretary of State for International Development and MP for Witham resigned from her post, following controversies generated over her unauthorised meetings with Israeli politicians in August.
“In recent days there have been a number of reports about my actions and i am sorry that these have served as a distraction from the work of the Department for International Development and the Government as a whole,” she who was recalled from an official trip in Kenya wrote in her resignation letter.
She apologised, saying that “meeting with organisations and politicians during a private holiday in Israel my actions fell below the high standards that are expected of a Secretary of State.
“I offer a fulsome apology to you and to the government for what has happened and offer my resignation.”
The Prime Minister who had been under pressure to sack Mrs Patel, has since acknowledged the letter, adding that “the UK and Israel are close allies. But work between the two countries “must be done formally, and through official channels.
“That is why, when we met on Monday, I was glad to accept your apology and welcomed your clarification about your trip to Israel over the summer. 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.”