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UK PM says he backs interior minister after inquiry into her conduct

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the House of Commons in London, Britain, November 11, 2020. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson has full confidence in his interior minister Priti Patel and judges that she did not breach the ministerial code in an alleged case of bullying staff, the government said on Friday.

“The Prime Minister has full confidence in the Home Secretary and considers this matter now closed,” the government said in a statement, following the publication of findings into Patel’s conduct.

“The Prime Minister’s judgement is that the Ministerial Code was not breached.”

Reporting by Alistair Smout, writing by Sarah Young; Editing by William Schomberg