Boris Johnson tried to water down the official inquiry that discovered Home Secretary Priti Patel bullied workers, Whitehall sources have confirmed to Sky News.
It follows claims the prime minister tried and failed to persuade his requirements ministerial adviser Sir Alex Allan to tone down his discovering that her behaviour amounted to bullying as he discovered situations of shouting and swearing.
The adviser give up on Friday when Mr Johnson overruled his conclusion that Ms Patel breached the ministerial code and stood by his residence secretary.
Offering what she described as an “unreserved, fulsome apology”, Ms Patel seized on Sir Alex’s discovering that she acquired no suggestions on the influence of her behaviour.
However, this was disputed by Sir Philip Rutnam, who give up because the Home Office’s everlasting secretary after accusing Ms Patel of a “vicious and orchestrated briefing campaign” towards him.
He mentioned she was suggested not to shout and swear at workers the month after her appointment in 2019 and that he instructed her to deal with workers with respect “on a number of further occasions”.
Sir Philip additionally mentioned he was not interviewed for the inquiry regardless of him having launched a constructive dismissal declare at an employment tribunal.