Priti Patel

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  • Jul.2018, Spinwatch report, p.35. Burt is not alone among Conservatives in being regarded as a reliable voice for the UAE. Priti Patel, a former lobbyist at Weber Shandwick, was an energetic member of the UAE’s APPG before taking on the mantle of secretary of state for International Development, a position from which she was forced to resign when it was discovered she was conducting private meetings without govt approval with Israeli government officials while on holiday in Israel. As treasurer of the APPG, she praised the country saying Britain’s ties with the UAE ‘will go from strength to strength as the British govt seeks to elevate links with the Gulf and boost relations that have not been maximized in recent years’. She travelled to the UAE in 2012 as part of a delegation of MPs and received £3,500 in travel and accommodation costs from her hosts.
  • in 2013, the Henry Jackson Society funded conservative MP Priti Patel’s trip to Washington to participate in ‘the AIPAC Homeland Security Forum’ (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), a trip which included planning ‘a programme with HJS in Congress pursuant to UK and allied interests in the economic and security spheres’.318 In early 2014, HJS sent Conservative MP Jonathan Djanogly to Washington to participate in the ‘AIPAC/US-Europe-Israel National Security Forum’.319 Samer Libdeh, formerly a senior research fellow at HJS, even tweeted in Nov.2014 that the society is the UK proxy of AIPAC.320 http://spinwatch.org/index.php/issues/more/item/5777-new-report-on-the-henry-jackson-society, p.42


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  • Aug.23.2018: Priti Patel received £17,000 payout – from the public purse – after being forced to quit Cabinet role. Ms Patel was told to resign after it was revealed she was trying to carry out her own foreign policy, independent of the Conservative govt, holding meetings with senior Israeli politicians while supposedly on holiday. At the time ministers are dismissed or resign, the Cabinet Office refuses to disclose if they are given pay-offs, despite them being funded by the taxpayer. It still will not say if Boris Johnson received a payment when he quit as Foreign Secretary last month over Mrs May’s Chequers Brexit blueprint, or if David Davis did when he stood down as Brexit Secretary. Mike Sivier, Vox Political.
  • Aug.02.2018: Electoral Commission drops investigation into DUP over Brexit spending. The Electoral Commission has rejected claims from Tory MP Priti Patel that the official remain campaign should be investigated for allegedly coordinating spending between various pro-EU groups during the referendum. The commission also told Patel, a former cabinet minister, that they were exasperated by the attacks on their neutrality with regards to Brexit. Jim Waterson, The Guardian.
  • May.27.2018: Priti Patel calls for investigation into Remain campaign spending. The Brexit-backing Tory MP questioned the impartiality of the Electoral Commission and said it should either investigate Britain Stronger in Europe or end its inquiry into the Vote Leave campaign. Britain Stronger in Europe said Patel’s complaint showed a “complete lack of understanding of electoral law” and noted that a previous complaint of Patel’s had been dismissed. This month the Electoral Commission fined the campaign body Leave.EU £70,000 and referred its chief executive, Liz Bilney, to the police after it found it had breached multiple counts of electoral law during the referendum. The commission also found that Leave.EU inaccurately reported 3 loans it had received from companies controlled by its co-founder Arron Banks, who described the fine as “a politically motivated attack on Brexit”. The Guardian.
  • Nov.08.2017: We can't ignore Priti Patel's background in lobbying. Britain's now former international development minister sits in the centre of the UK's dark money-funded think tank-lobbying industrial complex. Having been caught holding secret meetings with the Israeli govt, it looks like Britain's Brexit-backing International Development Secretary is in a pickle. Key context is missing from much of the coverage: Patel’s vital role in 'thinktankistan': Britain’s dark-money funded nexus of think tanks, corporate PR, and lobbying. And in particular, the lobbying and business group links relevant to her controversial trip to Israel this summer. Before being elected an MP in 2010, Patel worked for the PR company Weber Shandwick. Two years ago, Jamie Doward at the Observer revealed that one of her clients in this period was British American Tobacco. British American Tobacco have long been main funders of Britain’s nexus of right-wing, mostly Brexit-backing, think tanks. Tobacco Tactics have revealed both the Institute for Economic Affairs and Adam Smith Institute – perhaps the two most important right-wing ‘think tanks’ in the UK – have received regular funding from British American Tobacco over decades. ... Israel, Bahrain, Gulf. Rimon Cohen, Promoseven ... In 2014, the right wing British ‘think tank’, the Henry Jackson Society, paid for Patel to attend a conference in Washington DC organised by the powerful Israel Public Affairs CommitteeAmerican Israel Public Affairs CommitteePowerbase-graphic.svg on security in the Middle East. The Henry Jackson Society are so secretive about their funding that they pulled their support for two parliamentary groups rather than reveal where they get their cash from. The Charity Commission announced earlier this year that it was investigating the HJS amidst allegations that it had been paid by the Japanese govt to spread anti-China propaganda. Patel's "family holiday" to Israel this summer: the meetings were arranged by Stuart Polak, the honourary president and former director of Conservative Friends of Israel. In 2009, Peter Oborne wrote a comprehensive report on the extensive power that CFI exerts within the Tory party. It’s worth reading in full. Adam Ramsay, openDemocracy.
  • Oct.02.2017: Iain Dale’s 100 most influential people on the Right 2017. Secretary of State for International Development. Priti Patel needs to be tested in a bigger department. She’s seen by many as a future leader but some of her colleagues think she ought to be given a chance to run a frontline department to test her mettle. International Development is a department where it’s difficult for her to shine. Iain Dale, Conservative Home.