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.”
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