Priti Patel fallout erodes public trust and diminishes UK's stature, say critics

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Aid experts fear furore over departed development secretary’s secret trip to Israel could reverse progress on helping world’s poor and dent British influence abroad

The furore over Priti Patel’s secret trip to Israel, which has culminated with her resignation, has reignited questions over the future of the Department for International Development and sparked wider concerns within the aid community.

The former international development secretary’s unravelling, misleading and contradictory account of her August trip, and her breach of protocol in failing to declare meetings with foreign politicians in advance, came amid a turf war between DfID and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office over aid expenditure.

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