Home Office boss Philip Rutman has resigned claiming he has been the target of a “vicious campaign against him.” The current permanent secretary in a statement that sent to the said: “In the last 10 days, I have been the target of a vicious and orchestrated briefing campaign.”
He said allegations he had briefed the media against the home secretary was one of many “completely false” claims against him.
“The home secretary categorically denied any involvement in this campaign to the Cabinet Office.”
He added: “I regret I do not believe her. She has not made the efforts I would expect to dissociate herself from the comments.” Although these claims have been outrightly rejected by Priti Patel.
But, Sir Philip continued, “Even despite this campaign I was willing to effect a reconciliation with the Home Secretary.
“But despite my efforts to engage with her, Priti Patel has made no effort to engage with me to discuss this.
“I believe these events give me very strong grounds to claim constructive, unfair dismissal and I will be pursuing that claim in the courts.”
This follows a report of tensions between Sir Philip and Home Secretary Priti Patel, including claims she mistreated officials, which she has denied.
Sir Philip Rutman said he believed his experience was “extreme” but part of a “wider pattern” in government.
This follows days after the home secretary and Sir Philip released a joint statement saying they were “deeply concerned” by various “false allegations” made about Ms Patel.
Sir Philip Rutnam, who has worked with the government for 33 years, took the unusual step of making a statement outside his home alleging Patel was behind the campaign to oust him.
He added while his experience was “extreme”, it was part of a “wider pattern” in government. The Home Office directed calls for a request for comment to the Cabinet Office, responsible for the administrative functions of the government.
The Cabinet Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Ms Priti Patel was forced to resign as Britain’s aid minister in 2017 over undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials.
The General Secretary of the FDA union Dave Penman tweeted: “Sir Philip had a choice to resign and go quietly with financial compensation, instead he has chosen to speak out against the attacks on public servants.
“I know many thousands of his colleagues will recognise the courage & integrity he is showing in doing so.”