Senior Home Office official Sir Philip Rutnam QUITS after vicious rows with Priti Patel and says he will sue Government for constructive dismissal
- Sir Philip said there had been a ‘vicious and orchstrated’ campaign against him
- He was the permanent secretary to Home Secretary Priti Patel
- Resignation comes after claims Ms Patel told Sir Philip to get rid of official but he r
Home Secretary Priti Patel’s permanent secretary Sir Philip Rutnam has resigned from the Home Office and intends to sue for constructive dismissal.
Sir Philip, who has worked in the civil service for 33 years, said in a statement that there had been a ‘vicious and orchestrated’ campaign against him.
His resignation comes after it was claimed that Priti Patel told Sir Philip to get rid of a senior official on Christmas Eve but the top mandarin refused.
Home Secretary Priti Patel’s permanent secretary Sir Philip Rutnam has resigned from the Home Office and intends to sue for constructive dismissal
Sir Philip, who has worked in the civil service for 33 years, said in a statement issued outside his home that there had been a ‘vicious and orchestrated’ campaign against him
In tweets announcing his resignation, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the move was ‘highly unusual’ and added she ‘can’t remember a senior public official taking a step like this.’
Ms Patel is said to have instructed Sir Philip to move director of communications Andy Tighe out of the department.
But Sir Philip allegedly declined to carry out the order due to the timing of the request with Mr Tighe, a former BBC journalist, later choosing to retire from the role.
The incident, reported by the Huff Post website, is thought to have been one of the main drivers behind the apparent deterioration in the relationship between Ms Patel and Sir Philip.
BBC Political editor Laura Laura Kuenssberg announced Sir Philip’s resignation before he issued his statement. She said the move was ‘highly unusual’
It is one of a number of claims which have been made in recent weeks about Ms Patel and Home Office officials apparently falling out.
Ms Patel has reportedly tried to oust Sir Philip from his position as the department’s top civil servant while the Home Secretary has faced allegations of bullying and belittling staff – accusations her allies have rejected.
Sir Philip today appeared to make light of the Home Office war as he made a rare public appearance.