‘Priti demanding’ boss? Top UK Home Office official quits vowing to sue govt for ‘bullying him out of the job’

A senior British Home Office official abruptly resigned, alleging he was forced out of the job. It comes amid reports that his boss, Secretary Priti Patel, demanded a subordinate be sacked on Christmas Eve but faced resistance.

On Saturday, Sir Philip Rutnam announced that he resigned as the Home Office’s permanent secretary, the department’s top civil servant tasked with running it on a day-to-day basis. He told the BBC he will sue the government for constructive dismissal, alleging that he was effectively forced out of office.

In the last 10 days, I have been the target of a vicious and orchestrated briefing campaign.

Rutnam said that he was hit with “completely false” allegations of briefing the media against his boss, Home Secretary Priti Patel. The ex-official noted that Patel denied her involvement in these attacks but said that he does not believe her.

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The abrupt resignation comes after a series of reports about Patel “bullying” subordinates out of jobs and creating an “atmosphere of fear” inside the department. Without citing specific sources, HuffPost UK said that Patel wanted to dismiss Director of Communications Andy Tighe and asked Rutnam to deliver him the news on Christmas Eve.

Rutnam reportedly refused to do so until after New Year’s, believing it would be “too cruel” to sack his colleague during the holidays. His defiance is said to have angered Patel, who then “blacklisted” Rutnam’s staff and began barring them from regular day-to-day meetings, while also trying to have Rutnam sacked.

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Tighe eventually retired earlier this month, while a Home Office spokesperson brushed off reports of Patel mistreating employees as false. Minister of State for Security James Brokenshire, who answers to Patel, told Sky News that his boss was a “demanding” boss but called the accusation of bullying “absolute nonsense.”

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Sweet taste of success: Tyson Fury celebrates WBC title win with HUGE five-tier cake

The spoils of victory keep on coming for newly-crowned WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, with his wife Paris presenting him with a huge five-tier cake featuring his newest possession.

The cake features the famous green WBC championship belt, on top of a red cushion, with a crown on the top to celebrate his return to the summit of professional boxing.

Fury’s wife Paris shared a pic of the pair standing alongside the colossal cake, with the caption, “Just a little cake to celebrate bringing back the WBC belt.”

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The Gypsy King reigns supreme: Tyson Fury stops Deontay Wilder to win WBC world heavyweight title in Las Vegas rematch

Fury cemented his position as the lineal heavyweight champion of the world by stopping previously undefeated Deontay Wilder in the seventh round of their big-money rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

And while it appears that Wilder is planning to exercise his contractual right to another rematch with the Brit, the boxing world has hailed Fury’s performance, with “The Gypsy King” now widely considered the best heavyweight boxer on the planet.

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Fury came in for his fight with Wilder at his heaviest weight ever, tipping the scale at 271 pounds for his title-winning fight in Vegas.

But his post-fight weight might just go up a few pounds more if he decides to take down the huge celebration cake he received from his wife this week.

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US and Taliban sign agreement on withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan

Washington and the Taliban movement have signed a deal that lays out conditions for the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan.

The agreement was signed by US peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and one of the Taliban’s senior leaders, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in Qatar’s capital Doha on Saturday.

The deal will see Washington and its allies withdrawing their troops from five bases in Afghanistan within the next 135 days. The remaining American soldiers will leave the country in 14 months if the Taliban fulfills its commitments.

The document lays the groundwork for future negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government, aimed at bringing a lasting peace to the country. The US has agreed to facilitate the talks and lift sanctions from Taliban members by August, provided the negotiations commence as planned. Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada called on all of his fighters to honor and abide by the agreement.

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The US and Afghan governments said earlier that the peace agreement will include guarantees that Afghan territory will not be used by terrorist groups to target the US and its allies.

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US set to withdraw ALL troops from Afghanistan in 14 months if deal with Taliban is upheld – statement

Washington and its allies plan to pull all of their troops out of Afghanistan within 14 months if commitments under the planned US-Taliban deal are implemented in full, the joint US-Afghan document says.

According to the statement by the US and Afghan governments, the US will first scale down the number of soldiers it has currently stationed in Afghanistan, from 13,000 to 8,600, within the first 135 days following an agreement with the Taliban, which is expected to be signed later on Saturday. The remaining US and NATO troops will withdraw from the country within 14 months, clearing all of their bases.

The withdrawal process is conditional on the Taliban fulfilling its commitments under the deal. The peace agreement will include guarantees “to prevent the use of Afghan soil by any international terrorist groups or individuals [working] against the security of the United States and its allies.”

US President Donald Trump said earlier that the agreement may pave the way for the end of political violence in Afghanistan and allow American soldiers to return home.

The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 following the 9/11 terrorist attack, and has been fighting the Taliban insurgency ever since.

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Top Pakistani diplomat calls for ‘responsible’ withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in wake of peace deal with Taliban

Pakistan’s foreign minister has urged the US to pull its troops out of Afghanistan in a responsible fashion, after US President Donald Trump said that the expected peace deal with the Taliban may bring American soldiers home.

“We want a responsible withdrawal,” Shah Mahmood Qureshi told Reuters in Qatar’s capital Doha, where US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to oversee the signing of a peace deal with the Taliban on Saturday.

“It’s an important day… Hopefully it will set the tone for peace and stability in Afghanistan,” Qureshi said of the upcoming event.

When asked by Fox News last month whether the US should leave the region, Qureshi said: “Even if you withdraw, do it responsibly. Do not do what you did in the 1980s, when you created a vacuum, and destructive forces came in to fill that vacuum.”

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The Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in the mid-1990s, after several years of fighting, and stayed in power until it was banished from Kabul and other major Afghan cities during the 2001 US invasion which followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Taliban and other militants have resurged in recent years, winning more ground from the US-backed government.

Trump announced the upcoming peace deal on Friday, saying that it can potentially end the decades-long civil war in Afghanistan and “bring our troops home.”

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