Priti Patel was found to have bullied and sworn at civil servants (Image: WireImage)

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Officials in Priti Patel’s department fired a dozen staff in two years for “bullying, harassment, discrimination or offensive
behaviour”, we can reveal.

Ms Patel has controversially refused to quit as Home Secretary after herself being found to have bullied and sworn at civil servants.

Three Home Office staff were sacked in 2019 and nine more in 2018, a freedom of information request has disclosed.

Another 12 employees faced “formal action” in 2018, with seven last year.

Ms Patel, appointed in July 2019, has clung to her job despite an independent standards probe saying she bullied, shouted and swore.

Yesterday it emerged the report into her conduct found she told civil servants they were “f***ing useless”.

Boris Johnson decided not to sack Priti Patel
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Boris Johnson ’s independent adviser Sir Alex Allan ruled Ms Patel, 48, broke the ministerial code.

But the PM’s refusal to accept the judgment against a close ally has been slated.

Shadow Business Minister Lucy Powell told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday show: “If you are found of breaking the ministerial code, your position is completely untenable.

“I think it’s appalling the Prime Minister has decided to back her instead of sacking her.”

Shadow Business Minister Lucy Powell spoke against Boris Johnson's decision to back Priti Patel

But Chancellor Rishi Sunak said Mr Johnson did not believe she was a bully.

He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “Bullying is not appropriate and not an effective way to get the best out
of people. I don’t think shouting is effective, but it is necessary sometimes to be direct to drive progress.”

He added: “I’ve found Priti to be kind and passionate about what she does.”

Sir Alex Allan quit after Mr Johnson ignored his findings
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Sir Alex quit after Mr Johnson ignored his
findings.

Ms Patel has said: “I’m absolutely sorry for the upset caused.”

Matthew Rycroft, the top civil servant at the Home Office said last week: “Relationships between ministers and officials have improved considerably.”