Meetings: Among those Ms Patel met on her “holiday” in Israel was that country’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu [Image: Daily Express].

It is good to see Tom Watson following This Site’s lead and writing to demand answers to the questions that were left in the air like a bad smell after Priti Patel resigned over her undisclosed meetings with Israeli politicians and organisations.

Mr Watson has written to Theresa May, seeking clarity over the mess – as I suggested should happen in an article yesterday:

I have been informed that while she was in Israel, Ms Patel met officials from the British Consulate General Jerusalem, but that the fact of this meeting has not been made public.

If this were the case, then it would surely be impossible to sustain the claim that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was not aware of Ms Patel’s presence in Israel. The existence of such a meeting or meetings would call into question the official account of Ms Patel’s behaviour, and the purpose of her visit.

I would therefore be grateful if you could answer the following questions.

  • Did Priti Patel meet UK consular officials while in Israel?
  • If so, what was the purpose of this meeting or meetings, and when and where did they take place?
  • Were any minutes taken?
  • Was Priti Patel acting with your authorisation in any of the meetings she held during her visit to Israel?
  • When were you made aware that Priti Patel had met officials from the British Consulate General Jerusalem during her visit to Israel?
  • When was the Foreign Secretary made aware that Priti Patel had met officials from the British Consulate General Jerusalem during her visit to Israel?
  • When did you become aware that Priti Patel was visiting Israel?
  • When did the FCO become aware that Priti Patel was visiting Israel?
  • Why was it not made public that Priti Patel had met British consular officials during her visit to Israel?
  • Did you, or did the FCO, request that information about Priti Patel meeting British consular officials be suppressed? If so, why? If not, why was it not published?

I would be grateful for speedy clarification of all of these questions. Given the public interest in this matter, I am releasing this letter to the media.

Source: Tom Watson: The questions May must answer over Israeli visit that brought down Priti Patel | LabourList


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