Priti Patel rebuked for misleading account of Israel meetings

Priti Patel: Israel and Britain can extend and improve their partnership

Priti Patel: Israel and Britain can extend and improve their partnership

She said they had also been attended by Stuart Polak, the honorary president of the Conservative Friends of Israel and an influential pro-Israel lobbyist.

"Not only does it look like she might have breached the ministerial code, she has now been caught misleading the British public", Osamor said in a statement.

She also discussed "growing anti-Semitism" in British politics in separate meetings with public security minister Gilad Erdan and Mr Lapid, as well as visiting a host of charities, non-governmental organisations and businesses.

Patel has faced criticism and calls for her to resign or be sacked over the meetings.

The International Development Secretary admitted the Foreign Office was "not informed" about the meetings - three days after saying Boris Johnson had known about it.

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Kate Osamor, the shadow global development secretary, said: "Not only does it look like she might have breached the ministerial code, she has now been caught misleading the British public".

He added that the Foreign Office had assessed there had been no damage, but was unable to say how that was carried out - given the absence of officials from the meetings Ms Patel held.

"In hindsight, I can see how my enthusiasm to engage in this way could be misread, 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 apologize for it", she said in an official statement published Monday.

In an address last week to a joint Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM) and Jewish News conference during the Balfour commemorations, Patel said that she was, "struck by the achievements of the state of Israel" describing it as, "a country that started with nothing and is now a world leader in technology, life and vocational skills".

Downing Street had dismissed it as a "private holiday" with nothing to investigate, but Prime Minister Theresa May had a follow up meeting with the minister over the issue his morning.

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"Once that reporting took place, the secretary of state provided the full details in an open and transparent way", the spokesman said.

A government spokesman said May accepted Patel's apology and met with her on Monday to remind her of the obligations under the ministerial code. I am publishing a list of who I met.‎ The Foreign and Commonwealth Office was aware of my visit while it was underway‎.

"Boris knew about the visit". The point is that the Foreign Office did know about this, Boris knew about [the trip].

"The secretary of state regrets the lack of precision in the wording she used in these statements, and is taking this opportunity to clarify the position", the statement said.

The Labour Party has called for an inquiry into whether Patel broke the ministerial code.

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Today's statement acknowledges that the quote "may have given the impression that [Patel] had informed the Foreign Secretary about the visit in advance".

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