Two senior civil servants ‘quit Home Office amid Priti Patel row’

Two senior civil servants ‘leave Home Office amid Priti Patel row’ as former top mandarin Lord O’Donnell says it’s good for ‘creative tension’ to exist between ministers and staff

Patel is at the heart of a furious row over treatment of staff in the departmentThe 47-year-old’s opponents have accused her of bullying staffBut Home Secretary’s supporters say she is tough and wants to get results Sir Humphry Wakefield accused top civil servants of protect their ‘relaxed life’

Two senior civil servants have been forced out of the Home Office after clashing with Priti Patel, it was revealed today as the row at the heart of the department showed no sign of abating.

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. 

Ms Patel is at the heart of a furious row over her treatment of staff in the department, which she has been in charge of since July.

The 47-year-old’s opponents have accused her of bullying staff, while her supporters say she is tough and wants to get results.   

Lord O’Donnell, who was Cabinet Secretary during the New Labour Cameron governments, attacked political attacks on civil servants, telling the paper: ‘The ideal relationship between a minister and a senior civil servant is one of creative tension. 

Priti Patel

Ms Patel is at the heart of a furious row over her treatment of staff in the department, which she has been in charge of since July. Lord O’Donnell (left) said: ‘The ideal relationship between a minister and a senior civil servant is one of creative tension’

She received support from an unlikely corner this morning - the aristocratic father-in-law of Boris Johnson's chief aide, Dominic Cummings (pictured today)

She received support from an unlikely corner this morning – the aristocratic father-in-law of Boris Johnson’s chief aide, Dominic Cummings (pictured today)

‘The last thing you want is a permanent secretary who is a yes man or woman – that is not good for the secretary of state or the government.

Now Dominic Cummings’ aristocratic father-in-law wades into defend Priti Patel

The father-in-law of Boris Johnson’s chief aide Dominic Cummings made an astonishing intervention in the Home Office bullying row today.

Humphry Wakefield accused mandarins who have squared up to Home Secretary Priti Patel of acting to protect their ‘relaxed life’.

The aristocratic interior designer, 83, used a letter sent from his 14th century Northumberland castle to attack ‘relaxed disciplines’ in offices whose fans paint any attempt at changing the environment as bullying.

It came as two senior civil servants have been forced out of the Home Office after clashing with Ms Patel, 47, it was revealed today as the row at the heart of the department showed no sign of abating.

In a missive to the Times from his home, Chillingham Castle, the baronet said: ‘I have worked in many long established offices around the world. Almost invariably, relaxed disciplines have become the norm. 

‘I have found it near impossible to change old habits without appearing to ”bully”.



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