Former aide to Priti Patel 'took an overdose after claiming she was being ...

Former aide to Priti Patel 'took an overdose after claiming she was being bullied by the minister' In 2015, then employment minister was said to have sacked the female staffer  The aide received a £25,000 payout from Department for Work and Pensions  Comes amid row engulfing Home Secretary after permanent secretary resigned

By Jack Elsom For Mailonline

Published: 18:55 GMT, 2 March 2020 | Updated: 02:10 GMT, 3 March 2020

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Priti Patel has been hit with fresh bullying claims after it emerged a former aide took an overdose and received a £25,000 payout after accusing her boss of victimisation.

In October 2015, the then employment minister was said to have lashed out at the female staffer in an 'unprovoked level of aggression'.

The woman was later told by an official she was being sacked because 'she [Ms Patel] doesn't like your face,' according to the BBC.  

After the incident, the aide allegedly took an overdose of prescription medicine at her desk and had to be taken home by a colleague. 

That night, grievance papers claim she tried to kill herself and spent the night in hospital, the broadcaster reports.

The aide received a £25,000 settlement from the Department for Work and Pensions, the BBC reports, after claiming unfair dismissal, victimisation, harassment and discrimination against her old boss.

But a spokesperson for the Home Secretary tonight said: 'The Home Secretary completely rejects all allegations made against her.'

Priti Patel has been hit with fresh bullying claims after it emerged a former aide took an overdose and received a £25,000 payout after accusing her boss of victimisation

Priti Patel has been hit with fresh bullying claims after it emerged a former aide took an overdose and received a £25,000 payout after accusing her boss of victimisation 

It comes amid a current bullying row engulfing Ms Patel after her permanent

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