Priti Patel

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Patel as Home Secretary in 2019

Priti Sushil Patel (born 29 March 1972) is a British Conservative politician and has been MP for Witham since 2010. She is currently Home Secretary and was Secretary of State for International Development from 2016 to 2017.


  • While my actions were meant with the best of intentions, my actions also fell below the standards of transparency and openness that I have promoted and advocated. I offer a fulsome apology to you and to the government for what has happened and offer my resignation.
  • Modern policing must of course be visible policing and that means community policing, localised policing and having police visibility that police officers are empowered to do their jobs. For too long we’ve had our police forces, police officers tied up with regulation and bureaucracy. I want them to feel free to get on and do their jobs, I want them to know that we will support them.
  • It's a stronger strain of the virus in the sense that it's more transmittable, it's a bouncy virus.

Quotes about Priti Patel[edit]

  • Being a person of colour does not automatically make you an authority on all forms of racism. We write to you as Black Asian and Ethnic Minority Labour MPs to highlight our dismay at the way you used your heritage and experiences of racism to gaslight the very real racism faced by Black people and communities across the UK.
    • A group of 12 ethnic minority Labour Party parliamentarians, including Indian-origin Virendra Sharma, Tan Dhesi, Preet Kaur Gill, Valerie Vaz, Seema Malhotra and Nadia Whittome, wrote to Priti Patel on 11 June 2020

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