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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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