Member of Priti Patel's staff at DWP 'lodged a formal complaint about her ...

Member of Priti Patel's staff at DWP 'lodged a formal complaint about her behaviour' while she was Employment Minister Miss Patel, 47, served in her previous role between May 2015 and July 2016 BBC journalist Danny Shaw said he learned of the formal complaint against her  Patel's spokesperson was 'not aware' of the alleged complaint, Shaw said

By Leigh Mcmanus and David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline

Published: 14:03 GMT, 1 March 2020 | Updated: 14:07 GMT, 1 March 2020

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A formal complaint about under-fire Priti Patel's conduct was made when she was Employment Minister at Department for Work and Pensions, reports suggest.     

The MP for Witham was facing fresh calls to quit today as she remained embroiled in a furious political row over claims she bullied civil servants.

And now, claims have emerged that the 47-year-old was the subject of a formal complaint whilst in her previous role, which she served in between May 2015 and July 2016. 

Claims have emerged that 47-year-old Priti Patel was the subject of a formal complaint whilst in her previous role, which she served in between May 2015 and July 2016

Claims have emerged that 47-year-old Priti Patel was the subject of a formal complaint whilst in her previous role, which she served in between May 2015 and July 2016 

The BBC's Home Affairs Correspondent Danny Shaw broke the news on Twitter, stating that the alleged complaint is believed to have been made by a member of her then private office. 

Shaw said in a follow up tweet that Patel's spokesperson was 'not aware' of the complaint, adding that the Government didn't deny it, saying that they would not comment on personal issues. 

Shaw tweeted: 'Whitehall insider with knowledge of her time at DWP said she'd created a 'hostile and unhappy' environment for civil servants there by questioning their capability and undermining their performance. 'I felt very sorry for people in her private office - they felt bullied.''

The BBC's Home Affairs Correspondent Danny Shaw broke the news on Twitter, stating that the alleged complaint is believed to have been made by a member of her then private office

The BBC's Home Affairs Correspondent Danny Shaw broke the news on Twitter, stating that the alleged complaint is believed to have been made by a member of her then private office

He added that a source backed the current Secretary of State for the Home Department, he quoted the source as saying: 'I wouldn't describe her as a bully. She was difficult and not afraid to say when she was unhappy.' 

Allies of the Home Secretary leapt to her defence this morning as Labour claimed she was on her way out of the department after clashing with mandarins.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said he could not see how Ms Patel could carry on after

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