- Independent report concludes that Patel DID break the code, but not inentional
- PM concludes she DID NOT break the code
- Patel says sorry and keeps her job
- Independent adviser on standards, Sir Alex Allan has just resigned
Massive twist at the end of a very sorry saga - PM has the power as the ultimate arbiter of rules for ministers, but it is tricky to say the least for him to take a different view to the figure who supervises standards of behaviour in govt
You can expect clamour for publication of the full report to build and build, and the resignation of Sir Alex, not the Home Secretary is without precedent
His statement - “I recognise that it is for the PM to make a judgement on whether actions by a Minister amount to a breach of the Ministerial Code. But I feel that it is right that I should now resign from my position as the Prime Minister’s independent adviser on the Code.”
Patel -“I am sorry that my behaviour in the past has upset people. It has never been my intention to cause upset to anyone.... I acknowledge that I am direct and have at times got frustrated."
Worth saying the report also makes unusual criticism of Home Office, says Patel didn't always receive support she should have from her officials

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