Alistair Burt failed to be granted access to the most senior Israeli politicians because of unofficial trip by former international development secretary

Middle East minister Alistair Burt struggled to gain access to the most senior Israeli politicians on a visit to the country in August because Priti Patel had got there first with the freelance trip that led to her downfall, it has been claimed.

Because Patel, a cabinet minister at the time, had made the unofficial prior appointments, it made Burt’s official visit less important in Israeli eyes and angered the British Foreign Office.

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