Labour calls for probe into Priti Patel meetings in Israel

Priti Patel: Israel and Britain can extend and improve their partnership

Priti Patel: Israel and Britain can extend and improve their partnership

Kate Ozmour, spokeswoman for the global development of the opposition Labor Party, said Pattel should resign or undergo an investigation for violating the ministerial protocol.

She also held several meetings with representatives of charities and NGOs involved in aid and humanitarian work.

Worldwide development secretary Priti Patel has admitted foreign secretary Boris Johnson did not know about her trip to Israel until she was there - and revealed a slew of meetings not previously disclosed.

Theresa May is under pressure to launch an investigation into one of her Cabinet ministers for failing disclose holding meetings with top Israeli officials.

The issue of undisclosed meetings also found its way to the House of Commons today in the form of an urgent question from the opposition, where Patel's minister of state for the Middle East, Alastair Burt, defended his boss' actions as she is on a visit to Africa this week.

The only assurance the Development Secretary was able to give No10 was that she hadn't "organised meetings with foreign Governments outside of the normal channels while on holiday". The secretary of state would like to take this opportunity to clarify that this was not the case.

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When asked whether the PM had been made aware of anything else that was discussed that could constitute a change of policy, Number 10 replied: "What I am clear on is she set out the people she met and from looking at the list of people it is quite clear the different areas they cover".

Ms Patel apologised for arranging and reporting the meetings "in a way which did not accord with the usual procedures". "I regret it and apologize for it". The Foreign Office was aware of the visit while it was underway, but were not informed about it in advance. The Telegraph also reported that Patel had suggested to Netanyahu that the United Kingdom should give aid to the Israeli army.

They also discussed the Israeli domestic political scene, India, Netanyahu's then-forthcoming visit to London to mark the centenary last week of the Balfour declaration, and "prospects for closer collaboration between Israel and the United Kingdom on development and humanitarian issues".

"This is another out-of-control minister in [British Prime Minister] Theresa May's weak government, but this time with implications for Britain's standing in the world as an honest broker and model for fairness in distributing aid".

Ms Patel has apologised after admitting she held talks with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, without alerting the Foreign Office.

The PM's official spokesman said of Ms Patel: "Nobody is pretending she handled this situation well, least of all the Secretary of State".

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