Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PRITI D-DAY; ?Pm Orders Patel Back from Trip for Sacking Showdown Second Reshuffle in a Week on Cards Patel Allies Try to Save Her Job by Claiming That May Did Know about Israel Visit

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PRITI D-DAY; ?Pm Orders Patel Back from Trip for Sacking Showdown Second Reshuffle in a Week on Cards Patel Allies Try to Save Her Job by Claiming That May Did Know about Israel Visit

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Joe Murphy

CABINET minister Priti Patel was humiliatingly summoned back from Africa amid growing signs that she would be sacked today.

The Prime Minister ordered the International Development Secretary to return from Kenya for a face-to-face showdown after fresh revelations about meetings with senior Israeli government figures.

Significantly, new Chief Whip Julian Smith was seen slipping into No 10 through a back door this morning, fuelling the belief that Theresa May was about to stage a second mini-reshuffle in just a week.

His predecessor Gavin Willamson, who is the new Defence Secretary, also did not rule out Ms Patel, pictured, being ousted.

Downing Street refused to say whether the Prime Minister still had confidence in Ms Patel. Tory MP Anna Soubry agreed that the minister looked like "toast" and urged Mrs May to conduct a "thorough reshuffle to assert her authority". Ms Patel had only just arrived in Nairobi last night after a 4,240-mile flight from London when she was told by her office that the Prime Minister wanted her to turn straight around. She Continued on Page 2 Continued from Page 1 is understood to have caught a 9.30am plane this morning which was due to arrive at Heathrow at 3.30pm.

On arrival Ms Patel was set to be driven to Westminster for a carpeting at No 10.

She was widely expected to be axed from the Cabinet unless she could give Downing Street a convincing explanation to defuse the Prime Minister's anger over her unauthorised talks.

Work and pensions minister Penny Mordaunt was among names being mooted to replace Ms Patel.

But Ms Patel's allies appeared to be launching an 11th-hour bid to save her job, with a claim that is disputed that she had mentioned to Mrs May in September that she had met Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the summer.

Ms Patel had already been forced to apologise on Monday for 12 undisclosed meetings in Israel, including with Mr Netanyahu, during an August holiday visit.

However, late last night it emerged that Ms Patel met Israeli public security minister Gilad Erdan in Parliament on September 7, and foreign ministry official Yuval Rotem in New York on September 18. …

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