The prime minister’s advisor on ministerial standards Sir Alex Allan has resigned following the investigation into Priti Patel, he said in a statement.
Boris Johnson has judged that, despite allegations of bullying, Patel did not break the Ministerial Code, even though his advisor on Ministerial Standards reported that the Home Secretary “did not consistently meet the high standards she expected”.
Sir Alex Allan said in a statement: “I recognize that it is the Prime Minister’s responsibility to assess whether a minister’s actions are in breach of the Ministerial Code.
“But I think it is right to step down from my position as the prime minister’s independent advisor on the code.”
The Interior Minister apologized for the resentment caused by her behavior after a report found that she had violated the Ministerial Code.
Patel said in a statement: “I am sorry that my past behavior has upset people. It was never my intention to upset anyone.
“I am very grateful for the hard work of the thousands of officials helping to implement the government’s agenda.
“It is very important to me to fulfill the commitments we have made to the people of this country and I acknowledge that I am straightforward and that I am frustrated at times.
“I want to thank the Prime Minister for his support.
“The Permanent Secretary and I are working closely together to accomplish the important job the Home Office has to do for the country.”
Matthew Rycroft, permanent secretary at the Home Office, said relations between officials and ministers at the department had “improved significantly” but fed the report into the home secretary’s behavior that made it “difficult to read”.
He said: “Sir Alex Allan’s results make reading difficult, even for the public service.
“The Home Secretary and I are determined to work together to improve the Home Office and to build the closest possible partnership between ministers and officials based on support, openness, security, mutual respect and professionalism.
“Relations between ministers and officials have improved significantly.
“Day in, day out, Home Office staff work tirelessly to protect the public, reduce crime, and improve our immigration and asylum systems. We are determined to do so in a supportive environment that respects their well-being.”