Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Priti Patel quits as international development secretary
  2. This follows a row over unauthorised meetings with Israeli ministers
  3. Resignation comes after meeting with Theresa May at No 10
  4. The PM says 'it is right that you have decided to resign'
  5. Priti Patel offers a 'fulsome apology' for what has happened
  6. The international development secretary was summoned back to UK

Live Reporting

By Jennifer Scott

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for now

    To recap:

    • Ms Patel said her actions "fell below the standards of transparency and openness" and the PM said her decision was "right"
    • Her resignation from the cabinet is the second in seven days, after Sir Michael Fallon quit as defence secretary on Wednesday last week for different reasons
    • A replacement for Patel is expected to be announced tomorrow
  2. Thursday's papers: 'Exit smiling Priti'

  3. Trickett: May let 'soap opera run all week'

    Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett said Priti Patel should have left the government before tonight.

    The Labour MP told the BBC: "It is clear that the minister... broke the ministerial code. It has been clear all along.

    "She should have gone immediately but instead the prime minister prevaricated, allowed a soap opera to run all week, with the minister scuttling off to Africa then being dragged back."

  4. Thursday's papers: 'Another day, another crisis'

  5. PM 'must get control of chaotic cabinet'

    Kate Osamor MP, Labour's shadow international development secretary, said Priti Patel appeared to have breached the Ministerial Code and "gone behind the government's back and misled the British public."

    She continued: "After initially denying the allegations, then repeatedly changing her story and failing to disclose all of her meetings, it is right that she has now resigned.

    "But we still need to know what was discussed in these meetings and what Number 10 and the Foreign Office knew and when."

    She said Theresa May needed to "get control of her chaotic cabinet".

  6. Readers' guide to UK political scandal

    Reading our live page from outside of the UK?

    This guide aims to explain exactly what has happened with the resignation of Priti Patel and why it is important to the British government.

  7. Thursday's papers: 'It's not a laughing matter...'

  8. Thursday's papers: 'Patel quits over Israel furore'

  9. Video: What went wrong for Priti Patel?

    Video content

    Video caption: Cabinet minister's resignation: What went wrong?
  10. Thursday's papers: 'Patel exit adds to instability'

  11. Lord Polak 'should be chucked out' of Tories

    Lord Polak, who it is thought was present at meetings in Israel with Priti Patel, should be thrown out of the Conservatives, a senior Tory has told the BBC's political editor.

    View more on twitter
  12. Thursday's papers: 'Priti shambolic'

  13. Osamor: May 'must get control of her chaotic cabinet'

    The shadow international development secretary has called on Theresa May to get control of her "decaying government" after the resignation of Priti Patel or step aside to let the Labour Party govern.

    Kate Osamor said: "Priti Patel appears to have breached the Ministerial Code, gone behind the Government's back, and misled the British public.

    "After initially denying the allegations, then repeatedly changing her story and failing to disclose all of her meetings, it is right that she has now resigned. But we still need to know what was discussed in these meetings and what No 10 and the Foreign Office knew and when.

    "Theresa May must get control of her chaotic cabinet and decaying government or step aside for Labour to govern for the many not the few."

  14. Swinson: No 10 has questions to answer

    The Liberal Democrat's foreign affairs spokeswoman said Priti Patel had "rightly been forced to step down for her cover up", calling it a "major failure by the British government"

    Jo Swinson said: "No 10 must answer questions about their complicity in this scandal.

    "Someone has been deceived, either the British people or the prime minister's office. Whichever it is someone must be held to account.

    "It is right that Patel has gone but Theresa May's office now needs to reveal honestly what they knew and when."

  15. SNP: Patel story 'utterly humiliating' for May

    The SNP's Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, has said that the events around Priti Patel's resignation have been embarrassing for Theresa May.

    He said: "This has been utterly humiliating for the prime minister.

    "Theresa May couldn't manage a resignation without making a global shambles of it."

  16. Video: Boris says Patel was 'first class'

    Video content

    Video caption: Boris Johnson: Priti Patel was 'first class' development secretary