Priti Patel could face the ax as Home Secretary and be named Conservative chairman in a New Year’s reshuffle, it was claimed yesterday.
Boris Johnson craned his neck to save her from the bag last week after finding out she had intimidated officials.
But there is now speculation he could demote her amid questions over her competence and inability to handle the Channel’s migrant crisis.
It comes as an access to information request revealed that the Home Office has fired 12 staff over allegations of intimidation since 2018.
Priti Patel (pictured) could face the ax as Home Secretary and become Tory president in a New Years reshuffle, it was claimed yesterday
According to The Mirror, each of the layoffs was for “bullying, harassment, discrimination or offensive behavior.”
Another 19 employees received a “ formal action ” behavior there between 2018 and 2019.
Ms Patel reportedly told officials they were “f ****** unnecessary”.
There is increasing pressure on the position of the Home Secretary.
Lucy Powell, Minister of Shadow Affairs, told Sky News ‘Sophy Ridge yesterday:’ If you are surprised to violate the ministerial code your position is completely untenable.
Boris Johnson craned his neck to save the Home Secretary from sacking last week after he was discovered for intimidating officials
“ I think it’s appalling that the Prime Minister has decided to support her instead of sacking her. ”
The prime minister last week rejected the official view that Miss Patel had violated the ministerial code of conduct by intimidating officials in three departments.
Her decision resulted in the resignation of her ethics counselor Sir Alex Allan, who concluded the allegations against her were founded.
But despite this, Mr Johnson has had conversations about his move during the overhaul of his cabinet, sources told The Sunday Times.
He had asked MPs to ‘form a place around the Prittster’ but he would be fed up with his inability to cope with the influx of migrants arriving in the UK by boat.
“The No 10 political operation believed it should be protected,” a senior conservative told the newspaper.
But there is also an opinion that it should be revamped for jurisdictional reasons.
“There is continual frustration that the Home Office has not got things under control, the small boats in particular.
Calling for Ms Patel to be removed from her post, Lucy Powell, Minister for Shadow Affairs, told Sky News ‘Sophy Ridge yesterday:’ If you find that you have broken the ministerial code your position is completely untenable ”
Police Minister Kit Malthouse, who is a confidant of the Prime Minister, is the frontrunner to take over, the newspaper reported. Michael Gove and Dominic Raab are also supposed to be in the frame.
Miss Patel, 48, who is popular with the conservative grassroots, is expected to be named Conservative Party chair.
The sources did not deny yesterday’s reports, but said conversations about a reshuffle were far too premature.
Further details of Miss Patel’s behavior also emerged yesterday, with allegations of multiple examples of ‘screaming and swearing’.
She apologized and said she ‘never intentionally tried to upset anyone’.