Is she habitual? Priti Patel accused of breaching ministerial code for second time

Priti Patel: She has an extra-Parliamentary job but didn’t tell the proper authorities, it seems.

What we need to remember is: Priti Patel knows the rules. She must – she has already been caught breaching them before, and lost her cushy cabinet job because of it.

Now it seems she landed another cushy job, before Boris Johnson called her up, and it seems suspicious from the start. Who pays someone £1,000 an hour for five hours’ work per month?

Still, the relevant part is that Ms Patel failed to seek guidance from Acoba (the advisory committee on business appointments), and therefore breached the ministerial code (allegedly).

Already the wits have been having fun. One wag asked if BoJo will respond – by abolishing Acoba.

The new home secretary, Priti Patel, is facing allegations of breaching the ministerial code for the second time in her parliamentary career for accepting a lucrative position with a global communications firm before receiving the all-clear from an anti-corruption watchdog.

Patel has been working for Viasat, a California-based company with a UK base in Farnborough, for the past three months as a strategic adviser on a salary of £5,000 a month for five hours’ work – or £1,000 an hour.

The ministerial code states former ministers must seek guidance from the advisory committee on business appointments (Acoba) on taking up any business appointments within two years of leaving the role – and must not take up the position until advice has been received.

Patel did not approach Acoba to seek advice on the Viasat appointment until June 2019 – a month after she had started the role, in which she was advising on unspecified matters relating to India. She did not receive any guidance from the committee until earlier this month, by which time she had already earned £10,000.

The Essex MP was forced to resign from the cabinet in November 2017 as international development secretary when she was accused of breaching the ministerial code over unauthorised meetings with Israeli politicians. Patel conceded in her resignation letter that her actions fell below standards of transparency and openness required.

Source: Priti Patel accused of breaching ministerial code for second time | Politics | The Guardian

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6 thoughts on “Is she habitual? Priti Patel accused of breaching ministerial code for second time

  1. Lynn Jenks

    Like Johnson, she is utterly certain that the rules don’t apply to her. In another age she would have been hanged for treason.

  2. trev

    5K per month, on top of everything else she makes whilst I struggle by on a lousy pittance of £73 p/w JSA and a million people rely on foodbanks, still her ‘earnings’ are probably nothing compared to George Osborne, and he in turn compared to Donald Trump for example, and the Lords get their 300 quid a day pocket money. No wonder the world is in such a mess. Personally I was hoping for a pole shift to sort it out in 2012 but that past by without event so now I’m pinning my hopes on either global Revolution, an asteroid strike or alien invasion, whichever comes first. Or maybe Fulcanelli was right and the world will go up in flames. Bring it on.

  3. Stu

    Like others before her, she’ll get off with it on a technicality, Tories look after their own and the wealthy,
    But thay can’t be bothered with the hassle of looking after the poor and vulnerable, even if they are gifted the money to do it –
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-49131685
    They say it’s too much work and they send the money back.

  4. Marc Noel

    And anyone who still believes that these Tories care about our country or anyone other than themselves need to look no further than the greedy, money obsessed behaviour of this woman.

  5. Rik

    they’re all pisstakers each & every one of them . .. remember this salary that the buffoon BoJo is on is on is just chickenfeed . . . a complete w

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