Patel first hit the headlines when Downing Street summoned her back from a trip to Uganda and Ethiopia. The summons was made after it was discovered that she’d failed to inform the Prime Minister, Theresa May, or the Foreign Office about meetings she’d arranged with with Israeli political and business figures while on holiday there in August.
Her return to the UK was closely monitored by TV viewers, with some news broadcasts actually following her flight as it touched down on home soil.
Patel stepped down as a result of the revelations, admitting that her meetings “lacked transparency”. Her post has now been filled by Penny Mordaunt.