British aid minister Patel facing sack, heading back to London

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 12:56 GMT, Nov 8, 2017 |

British aid minister Priti Patel’s political future was in doubt on Wednesday (November 8) over undisclosed meetings she held with Israeli officials, posing a new test of Prime Minister Theresa May’s authority as she negotiates Brexit.

Weaker than ever after losing her party’s majority in a June election, May faces another crisis after her defence minister resigned in a sexual harassment scandal.

Patel, a Brexit campaigner whose views chime with many in the governing Conservative Party, was heading back to London after cancelling meetings on a planned trip to Africa, an official at her Department for International Development said.

Patel apologised to May on Monday for failing to report that she had met senior Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during a holiday – breaking rules by straying into matters reserved for the foreign ministry.

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