Labour is demanding immediate publication of the report into allegations of bullying by Priti Patel, amid explosive claims that the inquiry chief is resisting pressure to exonerate her.

Boris Johnson must clear up suggestions that Helen MacNamara, a senior civil servant, is refusing to clear the home secretary of all charges as Downing Street is demanding, it said.

“There are now allegations of deeply inappropriate political interference in the publication of the report, both in terms of content and timing,” said Nick Thomas-Symonds, Labour’s shadow home secretary

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“The delay in producing it is totally unacceptable,” he added – arguing it been held up for four months.

It is six weeks since a leak appeared to suggest that the internal investigation had found no evidence that Ms Patel had mistreated civil servants, in three different departments.

But The Times has reported a stand-off between Ms MacNamara, the Cabinet Office’s head of propriety and ethics, and her political masters.

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