Boris Johnson faces judicial review on failure to sack Priti Patel for bullying
The FDA union, which represents civil servants, says it will challenge the PM's decision to stand by the Home Secretary after a report found she had breached the ministerial code
19 FEB 2021
Boris Johnson stood by Priti Patel after an independent report found she had broken the ministerial code
Boris Johnson's decision not to sack Priti Patel after a report found evidence she bullied officials will be challenged in the courts.
The FDA union, which represents civil servants, said it was launching a judicial review to challenge Mr Johnson's decision to disregard a report in November that found the Home Secretary had breached the ministerial code.
The Prime Minister overruled the advice of his independent adviser on ministerial standards, Sir Alex Allan, who found Ms Patel's conduct "amounted to behaviour that can be described as bullying", including incidents of "shouting and swearing" at staff.
Sir Alex said the Cabinet Minister had breached the code, even if it was done "unintentionally".
Ministers are usually expected to resign if they breach the code but Mr Johnson, who is its arbiter, stood by Ms Patel.