British Home Secretary Priti Patel was under pressure to respond to allegations of bullying by Philip Rutnam, the top Home Office official who had resigned and led a "malicious and orchestrated" campaign against him, a media report said on Sunday.
When Philip Rutnam announced his resignation on Saturday, he said he had received allegations that Priti Patel's behavior towards employees included "swearing, degrading people, unreasonable and repeated demands," the BBC reported.
Philip Rutnam said that he now intends to take legal action against the Home Office based on a constructive dismissal.
Priti Patel, who had not yet responded publicly to Philip Rutnam's allegations, had previously rejected newspaper reports that she had mistreated employees.
In response to the development, Keir Starmer of Opposition Labor, a leader in the party's leadership competition, said on Sunday: "The Home Secretary has a duty to come to Parliament on Monday to explain the allegations made against her own behavior. "
He also asked Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill to launch an "immediate investigation" into the circumstances of Philip Rutnam's departure.
Meanwhile, Shadow Cabinet Minister Jon Trickett asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson to make a statement.
Former civil service leader Bob Kerslake suggested that if Sir Philip wins his lawsuit, the Home Secretary must step down.
According to the BBC, Patel's allies privately suggested that Philip Rutnam failed to meet the job's requirements.
The Home Office must keep two key election promises – recruiting more police officers and rapidly introducing a new immigration system after Brexit.
When asked if the prime minister had full confidence in Priti Patel, a Downing Street told the BBC that Johnson had full confidence in his cabinet.
Shona Dunn, who had been Philip Rutnam's deputy, will be the incumbent secretary of state.
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