EXC: PM whatsapp order to Tory MPs: “Time to form a square around the prittster”

Priti apology: “I am sorry that my behaviour in the past has upset people. It has never been my intention to cause upset to anyone. I am very grateful for the hard work of thousands of civil servants who help to deliver the Government’s agenda.”
Home Office Permanent Secretary Matthew Rycroft said:
“Sir Alex Allan’s findings make difficult reading, including for the Civil Service.”
More PP apology: Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “I care deeply about delivering on the commitments we have made to the people of this country and I acknowledge that I am direct and have at times got frustrated. I would like to thank the Prime Minister for his support.”

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20 Nov
Alex Allan had resigned. Oh dear.
“The Prime Minister has full confidence in the Home Secretary and considers this matter now closed. He is grateful to the thousands of civil servants working extremely hard to support delivery of the Government’s priorities.” V Allan:
Read 4 tweets
19 Nov
UPDATED: "Frustrated" Home Secretary Priti Patel “unintentionally” broke Cabinet rules, a Whitehall bullying probe has concluded.
But Boris Johnson is unlikely to sack his close ally after her department was also blasted for poor performance. thesun.co.uk/news/politics/…
Report likely to warn civil servants working at the Home Office must also “reflect” on their behaviour after ignoring Ms Patel's directions. But it will also flag up strict rules that say ministers must always treat staff with “consideration and respect" thesun.co.uk/news/politics/…
Also suggestion from source familiar with the full findings that the formal probe sparked in the Spring has concluded PP's frustration with the poor leadership from officials in her department was at times justified. thesun.co.uk/news/politics/…
Read 6 tweets
18 Nov
Tory MP lobby group the Covid Recovery Group say HO HO NO: “We cannot keep living under a cycle of lockdowns and restrictions that expect people to be grateful for being let out to enjoy the festive season, only to have strict restrictions imposed on them afterwards”.
Chairman Mark Harper warns: “the country needs a different and enduring strategy for living with the virus that lasts beyond Christmas.”
#2 Steve Baker: “Freedom cannot just be for Christmas.” Adds: “We’ve also got to develop a much better strategy for living with this virus that doesn’t require us being locked up and freed by the government.”
Read 4 tweets
17 Nov
EXC: XMAS HOPE in @TheSun:
-Household mixing may be allowed for 5 day period between Xmas Eve and Bank Holiday on 28th.
-Fears full week of relaxing will "normalise" mixing
-Sage modelling bigger groups mixing
-Households who meet up cannot meet others.
All hands to pump tonight with brilliant @kateferguson4 @NatashaC and @thejonnyreilly...
Plans of course dependent on R rate going down and decision will not be taken until impact of current lockdown is worked out.. but "4 Nations" approach taking shape: thesun.co.uk/news/13226133/…
Officially its all wait and see, but there is clearly nascent plan. No10 not drawn on specifics today: “We are looking at ways to ensure that people can spend time with close family over Christmas at the end of what has been an incredibly difficult year.” thesun.co.uk/news/13226133/…
Read 5 tweets
6 Nov
JUST IN: Joe Biden as President will be a “fresh start” for the Special Relationship with Britain and the Western alliance will be “closer and stronger” than ever after Trump chaos, says top Biden ally Senator Coons: thesun.co.uk/news/politics/…
Senator Coons: “I would expect Mr Biden, who has deep experience in Foreign Policy, to re-engage, reimagine our alliances and our relationships, but particularly our special relationship with the United Kingdom..." thesun.co.uk/news/politics/…
Adds: “at times President Trump has strained and destabilised North Atlantic relations, the US and UK, US and EU but in particular the vital NATO strategic relationship “I think all of that would get a fresh look from a new administration…"
Read 5 tweets
26 Oct
SUN EXC: Sir Keir Starmer under police investigation following car crash that hospitalised a cyclist on Sunday: thesun.co.uk/news/13029176/…
Police are probing the bike collision, which resulted in the rider being taken to hospital clutching an injured left arm.
Sir Keir exchanged details before leaving him in the care of paramedics... he later attended a police station in North London: thesun.co.uk/news/13029176/…
By the time two police cars arrived at the scene in Kentish Town, North West London, on Sunday lunchtime Sir Keir had left. Cops later left a message at his nearby home asking him to report to a police station. thesun.co.uk/news/13029176/…
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