UK minister Priti Patel resigns over Israel meetings row

File photo dated 31/10/17 of International Development Secretary Priti Patel, who has apologised for taking time out of a family holiday to meet Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other politicians without telling the Foreign Office in advance.

Theresa May’s government was rocked on Wednesday by a second cabinet resignation in a week, after Priti Patel was forced to step down as International Development Secretary.

It was revealed Patel held secret meetings with Israeli officials.

Patel met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior figures while on a private holiday with her family, in August.

The Prime Minister will now need to carry out another reshuffle that will create disruption and add to the sense of instability across Whitehall and Westminster as her minority government battles to retain control of the political agenda.