Priti conducted two meetings in September without government officials present. It is thought Lord Polak, honorary president of the Conservative Friends of Israel, was present at both meetings. Priti met Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan in Westminster on 7 September….reports Asian Lite News
Britain’s most influential Asian politician is on the way out from the cabinet after her attempt to build bridge with the Israeli lobby went flat. She already apologised for an unauthorised meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in August, while on a family holiday. She had 12 meetings with Israeli officials during the holiday. But new forget to mention another high level meeting she had in September.
Priti, who has been an MP since 2010, is a long-standing supporter of Israel and a former vice-chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel.
She conducted two meetings in September without government officials present. It is thought Lord Polak, honorary president of the Conservative Friends of Israel, was present at both meetings.Priti met Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan in Westminster on 7 September.
Pritil is currently on an official trip to Uganda.She was formally reprimanded in Downing Street on Monday, where she was asked to give details about a dozen meetings with Israeli officials, which were not sanctioned by the Foreign Office.
In the Commons, Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt said that Downing Street regarded the matter “as closed” after Priti had been reprimanded by the prime minister and reminded of her obligations under the ministerial code.
In a letter to Mrs May, Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett called on the prime minister to either call in her independent adviser on ministerial standards to investigate, or “state publicly and explain your full reasons for why Priti Patel retains your confidence”.
Meanwhile, Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi told BBC that he believed some of the criticism facing Priti was down to the fact she was a pro-Brexit campaigner during the EU referendum.
He said Priti was not having “clandestine” meetings with “an enemy state” and that the Foreign Office was made aware of the meetings while she was in Israel.