Priti to step down as Home Secretary
Witham MP Priti Patel is stepping down from the Government and her role as Home Secretary as Boris Johnson’s term as Prime Minister ends. Priti has served as Home Secretary in the Cabinet throughout Boris Johnson’s three-year administration and led an ambitious package of reforms and investment in policing, counter-terrorism activities, a New Plan for Immigration, and support for victims of crime.
This has included record investment in the police, including funding hundreds more police officers in Essex, the introduction of a new points-based immigration system, and new laws to protect our borders and tackle illegal migration. Priti has also delivered new laws and support for victims of domestic abuse, tougher punishments for sex offenders, and robust action to tackle serious violent and organised crime, drug dealing and county lines.
Under Priti’s leadership at the Home Office, the UK has also led global efforts to combat international terrorism and threats to global security, put sanctions in place on over 1,000 individuals and 100 organisations linked to Putin, and provided safe routes for those fleeing the war in Ukraine and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Priti said: “It has been a great honour and privilege to serve our country as Home Secretary. Over the last three years I have worked to keep our country safe, given our police the investment and tools they need tackle crime, brought in new laws to protect victims of domestic abuse, and reformed our immigration and asylum system. I am proud of my record in office and full of admiration and respect for all those who work for the police, security and intelligence services, border control, and law enforcement to deliver our policies to protect the public and keep the country safe.”
“As I return to the backbenches in Parliament, I look forward to continuing to be a strong voice for Witham in Westminster and champion the many causes, campaigns and policies I have stood up for inside and outside of Government.”