Priti Patel: Calls for bullying report to be released amid reports home secretary ‘cleared’

Labour has called for the results of an investigation into bullying allegations against Priti Patel to be made public as soon as possible, amid reports the home secretary has been cleared.

The Cabinet Office investigation was launched in the wake of Sir Philip Rutnam quitting as permanent secretary at the Home Office.

When he announced his resignation in February, Sir Philip claimed he had been the target of a “vicious and orchestrated briefing campaign” which he accused the home secretary of being behind.

He also said he had heard claims of Ms Patel “shouting and swearing, belittling people, making unreasonable and repeated demands”.

Sir Philip has since launched legal action against the home secretary.

Subsequent claims about Ms Patel from her time in other government departments later emerged, prompting Prime Minister Boris Johnson to order the Cabinet Office review.

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