UK aid minister resigns

LONDON – British aid minister Priti Patel was forced from office on Wednesday over undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials after Prime Minister Theresa May sought to reassert her diminished authority as she negotiates Brexit.

Ms Patel, a Brexit campaigner who is popular in the ruling Conservative Party, had to abandon a trip to Africa earlier on Wednesday after being summoned by Ms May to answer questions on more unsanctioned meetings that breached diplomatic protocol.

After a meeting not long after Ms Patel landed in London, Ms May’s office released her minister’s letter of resignation, in which Ms Patel said her conduct had fallen “below the standards” required of her post.

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