British Prime Minister Theresa May has summoned her aid minister back from a trip to Africa following a row over illegal meetings in Israel, prompting speculation she will be the second minister in a week to be sacked.
Priti Patel, Britain’s international development secretary, abandoned a trip to Africa earlier today , as a scandal deepened that could lead to her resignation and the second departure from Theresa May’s cabinet within a week.
Patel was also forced to apologise for taking time out of a family holiday to Israel in August to hold 12 separate meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other politicians without May’s knowledge.
If sacked, Patel would become the second minister to leave May’s government in a week, after Michael Fallon quit on November 1 in a scandal over sexual harassment and sleaze that has rocked parliament.
A third cabinet minister, May’s de facto deputy Damian Green, is under investigation for allegedly touching a journalist’s knee in 2014 and for having “extreme pornography” on his parliamentary computer a decade ago.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has also been heavily criticised for remarks which left him accused of jeopardising the case of a British-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran.