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Judges due to rule on legal challenge issued claims of bullying Priti Patel

Boris Johnson was due to the discovery of the results of a Supreme Court challenge to his decision Priti Patel after allegations of bullying.

NS FDA The union has launched a judicial review of Prime Minister decided last year to go against his then-advisor’s findings on ministerial standards in favor of the Home Secretary.

The Supreme Court justices are expected to deliver their verdict in the case on Monday.

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During an investigation into Ms Patel’s conduct, published last November, Sir Alex Allan found she did not always treat civil servants with “consideration and respect”.

“Her approach sometimes leads to behavior that could be described as bullying in terms of the impact that individuals feel,” he concludes. To that extent, her conduct violated the Department’s rules, even if unintentional.”

Mr Johnson, the arbiter of the ministerial rule, said the Home Secretary was “not aware” of her impact and he was “assured” that she was “sorry for inadvertently upsetting the people she is working with”. job”.

After “considering all factors”, he concluded the code was not violated.

But at a hearing last month, attorneys for the FDA, representing senior public officials, argued that Mr Johnson had “misunderstood” the term “bullying” in the ministerial code when deciding whether Ms. Patel’s treatment of public servants violates its standards.

They accused him of “going against the law” in making his decision.

Mr Johnson’s lawyers argued that the FDA’s request had “no legal basis” and that there was “no fault of law”.

They said the code “does not create or impose any legal obligations on ministers or the Prime Minister”, is “not required by law” and its content “is not authorized by law”. regulation”.

The code is a “political document” and is “not meant to protect the rights of civil servants”, who still have access to “all the rights of the employment law”, argued the prime minister’s lawyer.

Sir Alex has left his role in Downing Street after Mr Johnson flouted his advice.

After the release of her report, Ms Patel issued a “sincere, not serious apology” and said there was “no excuse” for what happened.

God of justice Lewis and Mrs. Justice Steyn will deliver a verdict on Monday morning.

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