UK PM Johnson backs minister over bullying report but adviser quits

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday backed one of his most senior ministers after a damning inquiry into allegations that she bullied her staff concluded she had broken rules, including shouting and swearing at them.

Johnson’s defence of Home Secretary Priti Patel prompted the author of the report, independent adviser Alex Allan, to resign.

Patel had not met the standards set under Britain’s Ministerial Code which states ministers should treat officials with respect, Allan had concluded. Ministers usually step down if they are found to be in breach of the code.

However, a government statement said Johnson judged the code had not been breached, saying that concerns had not been raised at the time and that Patel was unaware of the impact of her actions. She apologised for any upset she may have caused. - Reuters ���