The 45-year-old Priti Patel was forced to resign following a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street on Wednesday, after admitting to unauthorized meetings with top Israeli officials in August. “I offer a fulsome apology to you and to the government for what has happened and offer my resignation,” the international development secretary wrote in a letter to May, becoming the second minister to leave the Cabinet in one week. Patel said she acted with “the best of intentions” but added that her actions had fallen “below the high standards that are expected” of her position. She also expressed remorse for causing “a distraction” from the work of government. Accepting the resignation, Theresa May said that she believed it was “right” for Patel to step down. She also said Patel should “take pride” in her accomplishments while in the office and being the first British-Indian Cabinet minister. It was not immediately clear who would replace the outgoing minister. Patel has been under pressure since it emerged that she had 12 unauthorized meetings with Israeli officials, including Netanyahu, during a vacation to Israel this summer. The minister was called back to London from Uganda, via Kenya, on Wednesday. Many segments of the British public had… Read full this story
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