Johnson told ‘you shouldn’t have bullies in government’ amid Patel criticism

Boris Johnson was facing allegations he tried to water down the official inquiry that found home secretary Priti Patel bullied staff as he was told “you shouldn’t have bullies in government” by a former top civil servant.Sir David Normington, a former Home Office permanent secretary, said on Saturday the prime minister:doesn’t seem willing to stand up for high standards in public lifeas he faced mounting criticism for standing by Ms Patel. Downing Street did not deny suggestions that Mr Johnson had tried and failed to convince his standards ministerial adviser Sir Alex Allan to tone down his conclusion that her behaviour amounted to bullying as he found instances…

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Tory MPs face barrage of criticism after voting to let over a million children ‘go hungry’

Opposition figures have savaged the government after Tory MPs voted against footballer Marcus Rashford’s bid to have free school meals for eligible children extended through the coming holidays. Labour’s motion, which called for the scheme to be extended over school holidays until Easter 2021, was defeated by 261 votes to 322. Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner said the Conservatives had voted to let the more than 1.4 million children eligible for free school meals go hungry through the holidays. Tonight I voted to feed our country’s vulnerable and needy children. The Tories voted to let them go hungry. I voted for workers facing hardship in areas under lockdown…

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