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Coronavirus: Patel turns down committee appearance four times

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Home Secretary Priti Patel has repeatedly refused to appear in front of a select committee to discuss the coronavirus outbreak.Ms Patel has turned down four invitations since January, offering private briefings with ministers and officials instead. A Home Office source said it was a "shame" the Home Affairs Committee's chair had turned down the briefings.Ms Patel says she would attend “towards the end of the month”.BBC Home Affairs correspondent Danny Shaw described the letters between Ms Patel and Labour's Yvette Cooper as “acrimonious”.
Ms Patel was appointed by Boris Johnson as home secretary in July 2019, but has only appeared in front of the committee once - in October. A Home Office spokesperson said the home secretary "has already offered to appear before the committee at the first mutually convenient date to update them on her work to keep the country safe during this unprecedented time."Ms Patel "is currently leading the Home Office response during this national crisis, working tirelessly to keep the British public safe," the spokesperson added.
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