Priti Patel, the Secretary of State for International Development, has admitted that she failed to disclose meetings with Israeli politicians whilst on a family holiday. Patel also admitted that Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, had not been told in advance about her plans.
Patel said in a statement:
“This summer I travelled to Israel, on a family holiday paid for myself. While away I had the opportunity to meet a number of people and organisations. I am publishing a list of who I met. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office was aware of my visit while it was underway.
In hindsight, I can see how my enthusiasm to engage in this way could be mis-read, and how meetings were set up and reported in a way which did not accord with the usual procedures. I am sorry for this and I apologise for it”.
The Labour Party has called on the Prime Minister to launch an investigation into Patel’s actions.