Rishi Sunak – 2020 Comments on Priti Patel Bullying Allegations

The comments made by Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on the BBC Andrew Marr Show on 22 November 2020.

Andrew Marr: Yes. It is said that the prime minister had asked the official concerned in this report to water down the language. Would that have been an appropriate thing to do?

Rishi Sunak: Well, that’s not what happened. And the independent adviser conducted a detailed review at the request of the Prime Minister because he takes this matter very seriously and that’s right because it is a serious issue. That review concluded, the findings have been published, the Prime Minister has spent a lot of time considering them in the round, has reached the conclusion that Priti is not a bully and she has offered a full and unreserved apology for what’s happened and as far as the Prime Minister’s concerned that draws a line under this and we should get back to focusing on what people want, which is tackling crime and making sure that our communities are safe, and on a personal level I’ve worked closely with Priti and found her to be entirely kind and very focused and passionate about what she does.