The Home Secretary, Priti Patel is “deeply concerned” over the “false allegations” that MI5 does not trust her.
According to The Sunday Times, it was claimed on Sunday that intelligence chiefs are sharing less “intelligence” with the British Home Secretary as they have no “confidence” Priti Patel’s “abilities.”
It was also alleged that MI5 find her “extremely difficult to deal with” as she fails to “grasp the subtleties of intelligence.”
In a statement, the Home Office said, “The home secretary and permanent secretary are deeply concerned about the number of false allegations appearing in the media.
“They are focused on delivering on the Home Office’s hugely important agenda, which includes creating an immigration system that works for the UK, more police on the streets and keeping the public safe from terrorism.”
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Security minister James Brokenshire told BBC Breakfast there had been “a lot of false stories” circulating about the Home Secretary, and security briefings had been continuing as normal.
He added, “I simply do not recognise the commentary and the false accusations and assertions that in so many ways have been swirling around.”
A spokesman for Priti Patel said in another statement that the, Home Secretary “receives the same daily intelligence briefings as her predecessors.” He insisted that no information was being withheld by MI5.
“The home secretary and MI5 have a strong and close working relationship.
“Baseless claims to the contrary are both wrong and against the public interest.”