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U.K. International Development Secretary Priti Patel’s Resignation After Undisclosed Meetings Raises Questions Over DfID’s Future

Financial Times: Theresa May loses second minister as Priti Patel resigns
“Theresa May has lost her second cabinet minister in a week after Priti Patel, the international development secretary, was forced to resign over undisclosed meetings with a lobbyist and Israeli politicians…” (Mance/Parker, 11/8).

The Guardian: Priti Patel forced to resign over unofficial meetings with Israelis
“…The prime minister will now need to carry out another reshuffle that will create disruption and add to the sense of instability across Whitehall and Westminster as her minority government battles to retain control of the political agenda…” (Syal/Asthana, 11/8).

The Guardian: Priti Patel fallout erodes public trust and diminishes U.K.’s stature, say critics
“The furore over Priti Patel’s secret trip to Israel, which has culminated with her resignation, has reignited questions over the future of the Department for International Development and sparked wider concerns within the aid community…” (McVeigh, 11/8).

New York Times: Priti Patel’s Resignation Adds to Pressure on Theresa May
“…This new political turmoil is likely to increase speculation about the strength of Mrs. May’s grip on power, and comes at a tense moment in discussions on quitting the European Union, or Brexit. The resignation also follows a series of sleaze and sexual harassment allegations in Parliament, which prompted another cabinet minister, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, to quit last week, and threatens another…” (Castle, 11/8).

Wall Street Journal: U.K. Minister Resigns Over Unauthorized Meetings With Israeli Officials
“…The development is the latest in a quick succession of challenges for Mrs. May, who has struggled to contain political fires and rein in ministers since losing her party’s majority in a June election gamble…” (Gross, 11/8).

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