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UK's Johnson sought to tone down bullying report on minister, reports say
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.83   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to tone down an independent report that found one of his most senior ministers had bullied staff, two media reports said on Saturday. The author of the report, the government’s ethics adviser Alex Allan, resigned. On Saturday, the Times newspaper and the BBC said Johnson had tried and failed to convince Allan to tone down his findings, particularly the assertion that Patel’s behaviour amounted to bullying. “He spoke to Alex and asked him if he’d change the tone of it. “As you would expect, the prime minister spoke to Sir Alex Allan to further his understanding of the issues.
Persons: Priti Patel, Henry Nicholls, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Alex Allan, Allan, , Alex, Sir Alex Allan, ” Patel, Dominic Cummings, Downing Organizations: REUTERS, British, Times, BBC
“The prime minister has full confidence in the home secretary and considers this matter now closed,” the statement said. RIGHT TO RESIGNImmediately after Johnson cleared Patel, Allan quit and opponents accused the prime minister of giving the green light to bullying. “I recognise that it is for the prime minister to make a judgment on whether actions by a minister amount to a breach of the Ministerial Code,” Allan said. I would like to thank the Prime Minister for his support. “Yet again, the prime minister has been found wanting when his leadership has been tested,” Starmer said in a statement.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, Toby Melville, Alex Allan, Patel, Allan, Johnson, Philip Rutnam, ” Rutnam, Dominic Cummings, Downing, , ” Allan, , ” Patel, Keir Starmer, ” Starmer Organizations: British, REUTERS, Conservative Party, Labour Party Locations: Downing, London, Britain
PM Johnson backs minister over bullying report but adviser quits
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Michael Holden | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
“The prime minister has full confidence in the home secretary and considers this matter now closed,” the statement said. RIGHT TO RESIGNImmediately after Johnson cleared Patel, Allan quit and opponents accused the prime minister of giving the green light to bullying. “I recognise that it is for the prime minister to make a judgment on whether actions by a minister amount to a breach of the Ministerial Code,” Allan said. I would like to thank the Prime Minister for his support. “Yet again, the prime minister has been found wanting when his leadership has been tested,” Starmer said in a statement.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, Peter Nicholls Johnson’s, Alex Allan, Patel, Allan, Johnson, Dominic Cummings, Downing, , ” Allan, , Cummings, ” Patel, Keir Starmer, ” Starmer Organizations: British, REUTERS, Conservative Party, Labour Party Locations: Reading, Britain
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