Priti Patel Resigns As Home Secretary In Aftermath Of Liz Truss Tory Leadership Win

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

5 Sep 2022

Priti Patel has announced she will step down as home secretary in response to Liz Truss’s victory in the Tory leadership elections.

Patel who has served in the role since 2019 was expected to be removed by Truss when she announced her new ministerial team.

In a letter to outgoing PM Boris Johnson, Patel said: “Britain had always been a beacon for freedom and democracy and I have been proud to work with you over the last three years to make that light shine brighter,”

“All this has been achieved despite the relentless efforts of our political opponents and left-wing activists, lawyers and campaigners,”

“I congratulate Liz Truss on being elected as our new leader and I will give her my support as our prime minister.”

She also confirmed that she would be staying on as MP of Witham.

Her legacy as head of the Home Office will be defined by the controversial policy of deporting some migrants in the UK to Rwanda after she struck a deal with the east African country’s government.

Suella Braverman has been earmarked as favourite for the vacancy.