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"No place for bullying", UK PM Johnson tells ministers, officials
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
Charlotte Graham/Pool via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told officials on Monday there was “no place for bullying” in his government, trying to ease concerns after he stood by his interior minister against charges of bad behaviour. However, in a letter written to ministers and permanent secretaries - the most senior figures in government departments - there was also an implicit warning that when the government faced “unprecedented challenges”, politicians and officials should keep “internal conversations private”. But he drew criticism when he backed interior minister Priti Patel over charges of bullying and has also struggled to control his agenda after leaked reports of meetings have offered glimpses of upcoming strategy and sometimes colourful language. “Given the unprecedented challenges we currently face as a nation, relationships of mutual trust and respect between politicians and their officials are paramount. “There is a particular duty on ministers and permanent secretaries to create jointly across government a culture which is professional, respectful, focused and ambitious for change in which there is no place for bullying.”
Persons: Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, Charlotte Graham, , Johnson Organizations: British, Home, North Yorkshire Police, REUTERS LONDON, Conservative Locations: Northallerton, Britain
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
The Prime Minister's standards advisor has resigned after Boris Johnson overruled him and refused to sack Home Secretary Priti Patel after a damning report found that she had been guilty of bullying staff. Johnson has refused to sack Patel, despite the foreword to the ministerial code, signed off by Johnson last year, stating that 'there must be no bullying and no harassment.' However, a spokesperson for the prime minister said that while the prime minister "loathes" bullying he considered Patel's apology to be "full and frank" and that the matter should end there. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesperson on Friday said Patel would not be sacked because she had apologised. The Prime Minister did come to a different view, having weighed up all the different factors."
Persons: Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, Johnson, Patel, Sir Alex Allan, , Allan, Dominic Cummings, Carrie Symonds, Boris Johnson's, Sir Alex Allen, doesn't Organizations: Home Office, Times, BBC, Home, Downing Locations: Downing
Bullying inquiry finds UK interior minister Patel broke rules: BBC
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) - An inquiry looking into allegations of bullying by Britain’s Home Secretary Priti Patel has concluded that she “unintentionally” broke the rules on ministers’ behaviour, the BBC and other media reported on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel speaks, October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Henry NichollsPrime Minister Boris Johnson asked officials to carry out an inquiry to “establish the facts” in March after allegations were raised against the interior minister. The Sun newspaper said the inquiry had concluded that Patel unintentionally broke the code, but no formal complaints were made against her, while ITV said Johnson would not reprimand her. “This has all the hallmarks of a cover-up from the prime minister and raises fundamental questions about his judgement,” he said in a statement.
Persons: Priti Patel, , , Henry Nicholls, Boris Johnson, Philip Rutnam, Patel, Johnson, Nick Thomas, Symonds Organizations: Britain’s, BBC, REUTERS, Sun, ITV, Labour Party
LONDON — Lawmakers from countries within the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance have warned tech firms that unbreakable encryption technology "creates severe risks to public safety." Technology companies like Apple and Facebook encrypt user's communications "end-to-end," meaning that only users can access their own messages. While citizens benefit from additional privacy, law enforcement agencies see end-to-end encryption as a barrier to their investigations and have been calling on tech companies to introduce backdoors that would give law enforcement agencies access. They added that end-to-end encryption poses a "significant challenges to public safety, including to highly vulnerable members of our societies like sexually exploited children." Ultimately, they said they wanted to develop a solution with the tech firms that enabled users to continue communicating privately and securely, but also allow law enforcement and tech firms to monitor criminal activity.
Persons: William Barr, Priti Patel Organizations: LONDON, U.S, Home, U.S . Department of Justice, Technology, Apple, LONDON, Canada, Facebook Locations: U.S, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Japan
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