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UK’s aid minister resigns in new blow for PM May
    2017-November-10  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

PRITI PATEL, Britain’s overseas development secretary, resigned Wednesday night after meeting Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street.

Her resignation was the second major blow within days for May following the resignation of the defense secretary Sir Michael Fallon in the so-called “sex pest” scandal that has currently engulfed British politics.

Patel, seen as a rising star in Conservative politics and a future leader, caused anger at Westminster over a series of unauthorized meetings with officials of the Israeli government, including a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Before leaving on a three-day official visit to Uganda, Patel apologized to May and was reprimanded and reminded of protocols for such meetings with foreign officials.

During the last 24 hours, more information emerged about further unauthorized meetings Patel had held, and her fate appeared to have been sealed.

It emerged that Patel had visited an Israeli military field hospital in the Golan Heights even though Britain has never recognized Israeli control of the area seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.

She was ordered to cut short her Africa trip and return to London for a showdown meeting with May at 10 Downing Street.

Patel, who was first elected as an MP in 2010, is a long-standing supporter of Israel and a former vice-chairman of the group, Conservative Friends of Israel.

Patel was a strong supporter of the leave camp in the EU membership referendum campaign.

(Xinhua)

 

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