PRITI Patel faces the sack after admitting to two MORE secret meetings with senior Israelis.
The under fire Development Secretary came clean after No10 issued her with an ultimatum.
PA:Press Association Downing Street urges Priti Patel to come clean about any more secret meetings with foreign politicians
Furious Theresa May demanded to know if Ms Patel had carried out any other meetings with foreign politicians behind her back, after more damaging details emerged from her August holiday liaisons in Tel Aviv.
Priti Patel clinging on after details of more Israel meetings emerge
While on a foreign trip to Uganda last night, the Cabinet minister confessed to No10 that she had.
The devastating admission flies in the face of what Ms Patel told the PM during a stern dressing down in No10 on Monday.
Ms Patel insisted to the Tory leader that nothing like the Israeli affair would happen again.
PA:Press Association Rivals have accused Priti Patel of trying to build clandestine support for a Tory leadership bid
Mrs May is now expected to take the decision to fire Ms Patel this morning, for misleading her.
Having to fire Ms Patel will be another devastating blow to the PM, and leave her rocking government in a full blown crisis.
She will be the second Cabinet minister that Mrs May will have been forced to sack in just seven days, and for total different reasons.
Sir Michael Fallon was forced to resign last Wednesday for inappropriate behaviour towards women.
AP:Associated Press Priti Patel falsely suggested that Boris Johnson was aware of her meetings AFP Priti Patel attending a Cabinet meeting shortly after the reshuffle that followed May’s bruising election
A No10 source said last night: “There was an expectation of full disclosure at the meeting. It is now clear Priti did not do that.
“Events will now have to be looked at again.”
On September 7, Ms Patel met Israeli Minister for Public Security Gilad Erdan for talks in the House of Commons.
Then, on September 18, she met Israel’s Foreign Ministry boss Yuval Rotem while in New York at the UN General Assembly.
Ms Patel would not last night disclose what the meetings were about.
She had seen both men in Tel Aviv in August, along with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, when she discussed giving British aid money to the Israeli Army.
On both occasions in London and New York, prominent lobbyist and networker Lord Polak was present.
A DFID source said: “No UK Government officials were present for these discussions, and they were set up and reported in a way which did not accord with the usual procedures”.
The Sun can also reveal that fresh questions emerged about 45-year-old Ms Patel’s close links to leading Indian politicians, including the nation’s controversial Premier, Narendra Modi.
The PM’s senior aides were struggling to reach Ms Patel, who left Britain for an official trip to Uganda.
Downing Street officials are already furious with Ms Patel, who has also admitted misleading journalists about the Israel trip.
She falsely suggested that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had authorised her meetings.
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One close ally of the PM told The Sun: “Priti wants to be leader, she’s made that very clear to all of us. Unfortunately for her, she’s too stupid and her actions here have proved that.”
The ally added: “We don’t believe Israel is the first time she has done this”.
The only assurance the Development Secretary was able to give No10 was that she hadn’t “organised meetings with foreign Governments outside of the normal channels while on holiday”.
Ms Patel also faced fresh questions over how much she has told the PM this week about the meetings.
On Monday, Ms Patel issued a statement to say her Tel Aviv meetings were to discuss “prospects for closer collaboration between Israel and the UK on development and humanitarian issues”.
But No10 revealed Mrs May only learned about the Israeli Army aid talks yesterday morning, from a report on the BBC.
The PM’s official spokesman said of Ms Patel: “Nobody is pretending she handled this situation well, least of all the Secretary of State”.
Scenting blood, Labour tabled 30 questions for the Government on Ms Patel’s Israel trip.
Alamy Live News Furious MPs have called for Priti Patel’s undisclosed meetings to be probed
The Opposition also demanded the PM order a formal investigation into whether Ms Patel broke the ministerial code – which she is so far refusing to do.
Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett insisted there had been four “clear breaches” of it.
Instead, Mrs May asked the Cabinet Secretary to look at “tightening up the Ministerial Code” as it is not “explicit enough”.
There was also anger that Ms Patel refused to delay her Uganda trip to duck being hauled in front of angry MPs who tabled an urgent question for her to answer in the Commons.
EPA Priti Patel claims her Tel Aviv meetings were about humanitarian issues
Liberal Democrat international development secretary Baroness Sheehan said Ms Patel had “gone rogue” and should be sacked.
But Cabinet colleague Liam Fox defended Ms Patel.
International Trade Secretary Dr Fox dubbed it “utterly unsurprising” that Ms Patel would want to talk on holiday about “whether we can use the British aid budget to diminish the humanitarian problems of people in that area”.
But he added: “When I’m on holiday I doubt my wife would give me time off to do anything other than have a holiday”.
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