UPDATE: ‘Honour of my life to serve as Home Secretary’ says Priti Patel in resignation letter

Image of former Home Secretary Priti Patel. Image: Gov.uk

In her resignation letter, Priti Patel said it was the ‘honour of her life’ to have served as the British Home Secretary for the last three years.

 

Tuesday, September 6 at 01:30am

Priti Patel took to her official Twitter account on Monday, September 5, to comment on her resignation as Home Secretary in Boris Johnson’s government. She said that it had been the honour of her life serving for the last three years as the British Home Secretary.

Ms Patel added that she was proud of the reform carried out to the UK’s immigration system. She also said how proud she was of the department’s work in backing the police, and of helping to protect the county.

A copy of her resignation letter was displayed in the post, which you can read below:

Monday, September 5 at 6:52pm

As reported by Sky News, British Home Secretary Priti Patel has this evening, Monday, September 5, handed in her resignation to Boris Johnson. This move comes only hours after Liz Truss was named as the new Prime Minister of Great Britain. She reportedly told the PM that it had been ‘an honour and a privilege to serve’, but she did not want to continue.

According to Beth Rigby from Sky News, Patel has written a letter offering to step down tomorrow, Tuesday, September 6. This will be done once the new PM names her replacement in the cabinet.

Priti Patel had refused to pledge her loyalty to either of the two runners in the Tory leadership race. She had tried to play neutral without siding with Truss or her opponent Rishi Sunak.

Her resignation will not come as a great shock to anybody in Downing Street as Suella Braverman, the Attorney General, had already been touted to become the new Home Secretary if Liz Truss stepped into No10.

Patel was widely expected to be fired when the new PM takes office and reshuffles her cabinet tomorrow, but she made the first move instead. She will now return to the backbenches as soon as her replacement is named.

The Home Secretary had come under fire for the failed scheme to deport migrants to Rwanda, as well as facing criticism for not controlling the Channel crossings by migrants. According to government data, 2022 looks like being a record year for migrant crossings, with more than 25,000 already landing their boats on British shores this year.

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