Priti Patel, Accused of Bullying, Everything About The UK’s Secretary of State for The Home Department

Priti Patel
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The secretary Priti Patel is accused of bullying cases and grilled for her decision amidst coronavirus. The UK secretary for the home department will complete a year of office in July. Besides, three different government departments recently accused Patel of bullying the staff. The news of Priti Patel’s bullying the team came out early this year. So, the Labour Party requested to publicize the reports of the investigation “as soon as possible.”

Priti Patel
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Nonetheless, she receives the support of Prime Minister Borris Johnson. He said, “I’m sticking by her” for the bullying claims made against her. Patel started her Career in UK politics as soon as she finished her education.

How was Priti Patel’s Childhood?

Priti Patel was born in London on March 29, 1972, to parents Sushil and Anjana Patel. Her grandparents emigrated to Uganda from Gujarat India. Later, her parents migrated to the UK in the 1960s and settled down in Hertfordshire. Priti Patel’s parents worked and established their news business in London and Southeast England.

Patel’s Educational Background:

Patel graduated from school from Watford Grammar School for Girl. She went on to join Keele University, where she graduated in Economics. Later she joined the University of Essex and finished her Master’s degree in British Government and Politics.

Priti Patel’s Professional Career:

Priti Patel, who stands 5’3 tall, started a career in Politics as soon as she completed her education. After her postgraduates degree, she joined the Conservative Central Office as an intern. There she headed the press office of the Referendum party.  Later she was offered to join the Conservative party. In 1997, she entered and dealt with media relations under William Hague.


Priti Patel fought for her place in the MP of Nottingham North but ended up losing to Graham Allen. In the general election of 2010, the conservative party elected her with a majority vote. In 2013, she was in the Number 10 policy unit. It wasn’t too long before she was promoted to the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury in the summer.

She co-authored a book called Britannia Unchained with her fellow conservative MPs Kwasi Kwarteng, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore, and Liz Truss in 2012. The book was about workplace productivity in the UK.

2015, Priti Patel, the Indian government awarded her as “Jewels of Gujarat” in Ahmedabad. Patel supported Narendra Modi in 2014 and made a complaint with the BBC for being to critically one-sided in their coverage. In the same year, Priti Patel also voted for the planned bombing of the Islamic State in Syria.

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She was pro-Brexit. Patel felt that Britain was too submissive to the EU during negotiations. She said, “I would have told the EU, in particular, to sod off with their excessive financial demands.” Before the UK’s secretary of state, Patel was Secretary of State for International Development. 

Claims against Priti Patel:

Interestingly, the claims of her being offensive dates back to as early as 2003. The financial times quoted her and claimed “racist attitude” among the members of the conservative party. It’s not too difficult to believe the claims made right now since it matches with the history of her attitude. Nonetheless, she wrote countering their claims and labeling them as mere misinterpretation by the paper.

Furthermore, a junior employee of the Department of Work and Pensions made a complaint against her and the department. The court settled the case for a  £25,000 against the claim of bullying, harassment, and racial, gender-based discrimination.

Priti Patel was also accused of having undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials. As a result, she resigned from her post in 2017. The news has accused Priti Patel multiple times for abusing her authority.

Patel’s Career outside politics:

Patel has worked for firms and consultancies even outside the politics. In 2000, she started working for the PR firm Weber Shandwick and worked for three years. One of her significant accounts during her time in Weber Shandwick was the British American Tobacco (BAT) company. Some of the research and investigations against her also suggest that she played the role of lobbying the MEPs to loosen EU tobacco regulations.

Priti Patel
Priti Patel

From 2003-2007, she worked for Diageo, which is a multinational alcoholic beverage company based in Britain. She rejoined Weber Shandwick in 2007.

Priti Patel’s Husband and son:

Patel married her husband, Alex Sawyer, in 2004. Alex Sawyer works as the marketing consultant for NASDAQ. He also worked as her office manager from 2015-2017. Priti Patel also gave birth to a son with together with her husband in 2008.

How much is Patel’s Net Worth?

The 48-year-old secretary has accumulated a net worth of about $3 Million. She received her ministerial salary from the government. With her husband working at NASDAQ, they probably hold a few investment assets. In 2009, she worked for Viasat as an advisor on a salary of £5,000 a month for five hours’ work a month. However, this was claimed to be against the legal protocols.