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Priti Patel, Britain’s first Indian-origin Cabinet Minister resigned as International Development Secretary on Wednesday evening, as the political crisis engulfing the British government intensified. Hers was the second Cabinet resignation within a week - Defence Secretary Michael Fallon resigned over sexual harassment allegations last Wednesday.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is also facing calls for his resignation over incorrect comments made to a parliamentary select committee over a British-Iranian citizen imprisoned in Iran.

Intense day at Westminster
Ms. Patel’s resignation came after an intense day at Westminster amid further revelations about Ms. Patel’s dealings with senior Israeli politicians and a visit to Israel during a “family holiday” over the summer.

Accusations and counter allegations about the extent to which Downing Street knew of her visit and subsequent policy proposals also ensued.

Ms. Patel, who was on an official trip to Africa, cut short her visit to return to meet the Prime Minister on Wednesday evening, with her resignation announced shortly after a brief meeting in Downing Street. In her resignation to the Prime Minister, Ms. Patel apologised for the “distraction” the reports on her activities had created from the government's operation. “While my actions were meant with the best of intentions, my actions also fell below the standards of transparency and openness that I have promoted and advanced,” she wrote.

May endorses resignation
Writing in response, Prime Minister Theresa May said it was “right” that she had decided to resign and “adhere to the high standards of transparency and openness that you have advocated.”

On Monday, Ms. Patel publicly apologised for failing to disclose 12 meetings with senior Israeli politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during a “family holiday” to Israel in August.

After initially suggesting that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Mr. Johnson had been in the loop from the outset, she admitted they were made aware of the meetings while the trip was under way. While Downing Street initially stood by her, subsequent revelations have made her position increasingly tenuous.

On Wednesday, The Guardian reported that sources within her department confirmed further meetings with Israeli officials in September that were also not carried out according to ministerial procedures, including a meeting with Gilad Erdan, Israel’s Minister for Public Security on the House of Commons' terrace in early September. She also met a foreign ministry official in New York later that month.

Reports in Jewish Chronicle, a London-based Jewish weekly newspaper, however, suggested that Ms Patel had disclosed these to Downing Street but was advised not to reveal details of them as they could embarrass the British Foreign Office: something Downing Street has strenuously denied.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz also reported on Wednesday that Ms. Patel visited the Golan Heights during her visit. This would go against long-standing British foreign policy that has treated the region as illegally occupied Syrian land, and not Israeli territory

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