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14 Sep 21 07:56
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| Topic/replies: 7,357 | Blogger: cryoftruth's blog
Labour has accused Priti Patel of breaking the ministerial code by facilitating a meeting between a Tory donor and British Airways (BA).

The home secretary reportedly set up the meeting at a hotel at Heathrow Airport between Surinder Arora, a billionaire hotel magnate who has given money to Conservative MPs, and senior executives from BA.

As well as Ms Patel, the business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng was also reportedly present, and neither had any civil servants from their departments with them, as the rules dictate there should be for such meetings.

Ms Patel was forced to stand down from her previous government post as international development secretary in 2017 after it emerged she had held private meetings with Israeli officials while on holiday, without permission from the Foreign Office, which was deemed a breach of the ministerial code.,
Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner told the Sunday Mirror: “The home secretary is a serial offender with no regard for the ministerial code. It’s time the prime minister took away her get-out-of-jail-free card.
“This secret lobbying lunch breaks the rules and she has serious questions to answer. She must be investigated by the cabinet secretary immediately.”
Her shadow cabinet colleague Nick Thomas-Symonds also accused the home secretary of disregard for the code of conduct imposed on cabinet ministers.
“Priti Patel previously broke the ministerial code by bullying her civil servants,” he told the same newspaper.
“The home secretary is so reckless about her duties it seems she takes part in meetings behind closed doors without an official present. As always with the Tories, the rules never apply to them.”
The meeting between Mr Arora and BA came just weeks after the hotelier, who is reportedly worth approximately £1.1bn, said his hotel chain needed all the help it could get from the government because of the Covid pandemic. Most of Mr Arora’s hotels are based around airports.

However, a government spokesperson said the meeting was not government business but a constituency matter, as Mr Kwarteng’s constituency in Surrey borders Heathrow.

The BA executive Lisa Tremble, who joined the meeting, has also denied there was any “hard lobbying” or “set agenda” and said it was just an “informal lunch”.

Aye right. Nothing wrong here. Like her jaunt to Israel and her bullying was just a figment of imagination.

One rule for the corrupt Tory overlords and their banker supporters.

Another for the plebs.

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Report 1st time poster September 14, 2021 10:05 AM BST
3 friends
in hotel one of them owns
3 hr lunch with advisors present,
bizz sec present

and coffey,s explanation on live tv,

its amazing who you bump in to by accident LaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh
Report cryoftruth September 14, 2021 10:27 AM BST
Oh and that there were donations to the Conservative Party is of course another complete coincidence.

Do they really care if no one is fooled.?

They are wholly cynical and have no regard for the tax payers or their money. Only for a cheap opportunity and a fast buck at all our expense.
Report lfc1971 September 14, 2021 10:39 AM BST
The Labour Party receives donations from the unions
Report cryoftruth September 14, 2021 10:42 AM BST
So that makes Tory corruption and the scandalous spending of millions of pounds of our money to the likes of Handcock’s barman okay does it?
Report lfc1971 September 14, 2021 10:44 AM BST
That’s another issue - what was wrong in this case ?
Report lfc1971 September 14, 2021 10:55 AM BST
The Labour Party of course squandered millions of pounds on private firms linked to NHS contracts
Which we are still paying for today
ppe was an emergency situation
Report bigpoppapump September 14, 2021 11:52 AM BST
interesting defence of corruption.

someone else did something else.  sounds a bit like someone wants to change the subject.  funny that...
Report cryoftruth September 14, 2021 5:44 PM BST
ppe was an emergency situation

Yes it was an emergency and it presented the Tories with an excuse to ignore procurement procedures and set up a VIP lane to give contracts quickly. Trouble is they used the opportunity to enrich their chums and party donors at our expense. That is wrong. It’s is corruption pure and simple and had nothing to do with protecting the NHS staff at all - the same staff the Tories had basically krappt all over for the previous decade.
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