The Guardian has released some information in the last few minutes in this article. It discloses that Priti Patel has told Parliament lies about her public decisions and it is clearly vital now for the Government to call for her to leave her role. Back on the 15th March on the first day allocated to discuss the “Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill” Priti Patel made a statement regarding her connection with the Police Federation and John Apter who is the Chair of the Police Federation. Whilst some of her words were very nice in referring to Police Officers, it is now being released that she did not do what she told Parliament back in March. Her speech included
We ask our brave police officers to do the most difficult of jobs—they run towards danger to keep us all safe—and that is why I have worked closely with the Police Federation in developing this Bill. I would like to pay tribute to the chair of the Police Federation, John Apter, for his constructive way of working since I became Home Secretary, admirably fighting for his members every single day. He has voiced his members’ concerns to me directly, and I have acted upon them.
This Bill will enshrine in law a requirement to report annually to Parliament on the police covenant, which sets out our commitment to enhance support and protection for those working within or retired from policing roles, whether paid or as volunteers, and their families. The covenant will initially focus on physical protection and support for families, officers and staff, and their health and wellbeing, with a duty to report in place to ensure parliamentary scrutiny.
Now of course the protection of Police Officers and staff is vital and so some of these elements are very positive. However based on my own experience in Sussex, specifically in Brighton and Hove which outside of London is a location which has the most protests taking place in the nation, the Police are not at all comfortable about the proposed barriers for people to protest even though they spend significant periods working on protest events. As the Guardian piece this morning stated
A freedom of information (FoI) response reveals she did not consult the federation on the most controversial aspect of the bill – plans to limit protest – which have triggered demonstrations across the UK. The federation’s response states: “We did not provide a written submission nor were we consulted on issues of protest-related legislation.”
Indeed if you read the rest of the piece by the Guardian there is clearly another element of her dishonesty which makes her inappropriate as our Home Secretary. It is clearly time for Patel to be removed. Given how Johnson does not remove Ministers even when they have broken rules and told lies we need the rest of the Government to call for her to go.