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Priti Patel resigns over 'secret' meetings in Israel 

Ms Patel resigned as international development secretary in a meeting.

Resignation: Priti Patel has left the cabinet.
Resignation: Priti Patel has left the cabinet. PA

Priti Patel has resigned as international development secretary.

Ms Patel failed to disclose a series of 12 meetings with senior Israeli figures during a family holiday in the country in August.

It has since emerged that she then held two additional meetings, one in the UK and one in the US, following her return from Israel.

The International Development Secretary was summoned back from an official visit to Africa for a showdown with the Prime Minister.

Ms Patel had been intending to spend three days in Kenya and Uganda, but was forced to cut short her trip and return home from Nairobi to explain the disclosure of further unauthorised meetings with Israeli politicians.

The Cabinet minister was seen to enter Downing Street at 6pm on Wednesday, through a back entrance rather than the famous black door of Number 10.

It soon emerged that Ms Patel had resigned from her position, under speculation she was to be sacked.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Ms Patel said: "I offer a fulsome apology to you and to the Government for what has happened and offer my resignation."

Britain, like other members of the international community, has never recognised Israeli control of the area, seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Ms Patel only made Mrs May aware of the meetings on Friday, more than two months after they took place, when reports began to emerge of talks she held with a politician and a disability charity.

The minister apologised and admitted a "lack of precision" for suggesting last week that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson knew about the trip, and that only two meetings had taken place.

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