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US News REVEALED: Battle of Priti Patel vs Home Office staff spiralled after 'she ordered permanent secretary Sir Philip Rutnam to sack a senior official on Christmas Eve - and he refused'

23:40  27 february  2020
23:40  27 february  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Home Secretary Priti Patel is accused of 'bullying' and creating 'atmosphere of fear' in her department amid claims she attempted to oust her most-senior civil servant

  Home Secretary Priti Patel is accused of 'bullying' and creating 'atmosphere of fear' in her department amid claims she attempted to oust her most-senior civil servant Staff have allegedly accused the Home Secretary Priti Patel (pictured) of bullying and belittling officials in meetings within the Cabinet Officer in London.Staff have allegedly accused the Home Secretary of bullying and belittling officials in meetings.

REVEALED : Battle of Priti Patel vs Home Office staff spiralled after ' she ordered permanent secretary Sir Philip Rutnam to sack a senior He joined the Home Office as permanent secretary - the top civil servant role in each department - in April 2017 having previously done the same job at

Permanent secretary refused request, leading to tensions, and official took retirement. Priti Patel is at the centre of another controversy over her treatment of civil service staff after it emerged that HuffPost reported that Patel wanted Philip Rutnam , the department’s permanent secretary , to sack

Priti Patel's battle with Home Office staff spiralled after she told permanent secretary Sir Philip Rutnam to get rid of a senior official on Christmas Eve but the top mandarin refused, it was claimed today.  

Ms Patel is said to have instructed Sir Philip to move director of communications Andy Tighe out of the department. 

But Sir Philip allegedly declined to carry out the order due to the timing of the request with Mr Tighe, a former BBC journalist, later choosing to retire from the role. 

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The incident, reported by the Huff Post website, is thought to have been one of the main drivers behind the apparent deterioration in the relationship between Ms Patel and Sir Philip. 

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Priti Patel 's battle with Home Office staff spiralled after she told permanent secretary Sir Philip Rutnam to get rid of a senior official on Christmas Eve but the top mandarin refused , it was claimed today. Ms Patel is said to have instructed Sir Philip to move director of communications Andy Tighe

The home secretary , Priti Patel , has been dealt a significant blow after her most senior civil servant, Sir It emerges that Patel tried to have the Home Office communications director removed from the job HuffPost reports that Patel wanted Rutnam to sack Tighe on Christmas Eve and he refused

It is one of a number of claims which have been made in recent weeks about Ms Patel and Home Office officials apparently falling out. 

Ms Patel has reportedly tried to oust Sir Philip from his position as the department's top civil servant while the Home Secretary has faced allegations of bullying and belittling staff - accusations her allies have rejected. 

Sir Philip today appeared to make light of the Home Office war as he made a rare public appearance. 

Claims and counter-claims in Priti Patel's Home Office war

Claim: The Home Secretary bullied and belittled staff, creating an 'atmosphere of fear'. 

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Sir Philip Rutnam and home secretary Priti Patel found themselves at loggerheads. He added: “This utterly extraordinary statement by a senior civil servant is clear evidence of just how dangerously dysfunctional The tensions between Patel and her permanent secretary surfaced last weekend.

Sir Philip Rutnam , left, should have switched Government departments, according to a senior mandarin Credit A senior civil servant has launched an attack on Sir Philip Rutnam , the Home Even if her behaviour was bad you just do not do this.” The extraordinary intervention from a serving

Counter-claim: Allies of Ms Patel dismissed the suggestions she was a bully. Business minister Nadhim Zahawi said Ms Patel is 'utterly professional' and a 'collegiate team player'.

Claim: Ms Patel was alleged to have 'dressed down' staff in front of their colleagues, sent 'aggressive' emails in the middle of the night and asked 'why is everyone so f***ing useless' during previous ministerial roles.

Counter-claim: Allies of the Home Secretary dismissed the allegations as 'malicious gossip'.

Claim: Ms Patel was cut out of security briefings by MI5 and officials were not sharing as much intelligence with her as they did with her predecessors. 

Counter-claim: The Home Secretary was reportedly 'livid' at the suggestions. Security sources said reports they did not have a 'strong working relationship are simply untrue'.

Claim: Ms Patel tried to remove permanent secretary Sir Philip Rutnam from the Home Office. 

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Home Secretary Priti Patel 's permanent secretary Sir Philip Rutnam resigned today with an extraordinary blast at his former boss over a 'vicious and It was claimed that Ms Patel told Sir Philip to get rid of a senior official on Christmas Eve but the top mandarin refused . Sir Philip said in his

Counter-claim: The Home Office has not been drawn on any of the specific claims relating to relations between Ms Patel and Sir Philip. However, the department issued a joint statement saying 'the Home Secretary and Permanent Secretary are deeply concerned about the number of false allegations appearing in the media'. 

He remained tight-lipped on the alleged rift with Ms Patel but did prompt laughter during his address to the National Police Chiefs' Council and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners summit in Westminster as he spoke about his increased public profile. 

He said: 'You probably have already heard a great deal more about permanent secretary's in the last few days than you ever expected to.

'But be reassured, I am not got to talk about that. I am going to talk about what really matters, which is cutting crime and building a law enforcement system that is more capable, more resilient and better placed for the future.'

An ally of Ms Patel dismissed the claim that she had asked for the official to be sacked on Christmas Eve and said: 'This allegation is a complete lie.' 

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Sir Philip Rutnam (left) and the home secretary , Priti Patel . The home secretary , her department, and Downing Street are also being asked to disclose all correspondence related to Rutnam ’s departure following claims that he was forced out of his job for intervening in her alleged bullying of fellow civil

He joined the Home Office as permanent secretary - the top civil servant role in each department - in April 2017 having previously The Daily Mail revealed last week how Ms Patel fell out with Home Office officials after she accused them of dragging their feet over tougher action against eco-warriors.

It came after it was revealed that two senior civil servants have been forced out of the Home Office after clashing with Ms Patel.

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A top official working in police oversight transferred to the Department of Transport and a member of the Home Secretary's private office left their post in recent weeks, the Times reported.

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The clashes between Ms Patel and Sir Philip are believed to have started last September after the latter allegedly tried to stand in the way of an announcement that more police would be allowed to carry tasers. A number of disagreements are then thought to have followed. 

Ms Patel and Sir Philip released a joint statement in recent days to deny reports of a split at the top of the department. 

Her allies have described her as a 'demanding' boss but not a bully. 

The reports of feuding prompted the head of the Civil Service to order an end to media leaks in a directive to Government staff.

Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill told all civil servants that advice they provide for ministers and 'any debates' around it should remain 'private'.  

Responding to the claims reported by Huff Post, a Home Office spokesman said: 'The Home Secretary and Permanent Secretary are deeply concerned about the number of false allegations appearing in the media.

Who is Sir Philip Rutnam, the Whitehall mandarin who Priti Patel 'wants to get rid of?'

Sir Philip Rutnam is one of the most senior civil servants in Whitehall. 

He joined the Home Office as permanent secretary - the top civil servant role in each department - in April 2017 having previously done the same job at the Department for Transport for five years.

However, his time at the Home Office has proved to be controversial because he was in post during the Windrush scandal. 

He faced calls in November 2018 to resign over it with Tory London mayor candidate Shaun Bailey claiming the mandarin needed to step down to 'restore confidence' in the Home Office.  

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Amber Rudd resigned as home secretary in April 2018 because of the controversy which saw some migrants from Commonwealth countries who came to the UK from the late 1970s to 1973 being wrongly declared illegal immigrants. 

An official report examining what went wrong found that Ms Rudd had been let down by her officials. 

However, it stopped short of criticising Sir Philip.

'They are focused on delivering on the Home Office’s hugely important agenda, which includes creating an immigration system that works for the UK, putting more police on the streets and keeping the public safe from terrorism.' 

Extraordinary briefings about relations between Ms Patel and Sir Philip have dominated recent weeks in Westminster. 

The Home Secretary is said to be ‘livid’ over claims that she bullied staff and was cut out of security briefings by MI5 – allegations that emerged after she allegedly tried to have Sir Philip removed.

The Home Office issued a joint statement from the pair on Sunday but a Whitehall source said relations between them had completely broken down, adding: ‘Can they continue to work together? I just don’t know. No 10 is going to have to sort it out because it is completely dysfunctional.’

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has given his support to Ms Patel with Downing Street stating he has 'full confidence' in his Home Secretary.

Asked to give the same endorsement to Sir Philip, the PM’s official spokesman ducked the question, replying: ‘The Prime Minister has full confidence in the civil service.’  

Allies of Miss Patel are urging Sir Mark to move Sir Philip to a new role in Whitehall. 

Number 10 has insisted that the appointment of permanent secretaries is ‘a matter for the Cabinet Secretary’. 

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