Nick Thomas-Symonds MP has today expressed his exasperation over the Government’s continued suppression of the findings of an investigation into allegations of misconduct by the Home Secretary, Rt Hon Priti Patel MP.
The Shadow Home Secretary made his comments following an intervention by Lord Evans of Weardale, ex-MI5 chief and current adviser on standards in public life to the Prime Minister. The peer called directly on the Prime Minister to publish the report, stating that its delay was eroding public trust.
The Cabinet Office probe was launched in March following the resignation of a senior civil servant. Mr Thomas-Symonds MP has made repeated demands for its publication. In July he penned his third letter on the matter to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, in which he described media reports at the time, that alleged political interference in its findings and publication, as “unacceptable”. This letter can be read in full below.
In his remarks today, Nick Thomas-Symonds MP said:
“It is a disgrace that the report into allegations of bullying against the Home Secretary is being suppressed.
“Continuing to refuse to release the report not only makes clear that the Tories have something to hide, it also undermines trust in politics at a crucial time. The report must be published without further delay.”