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Priti Patel looks sombre at Remembrance Sunday parade after quitting Cabinet

PRITI Patel cut a more sombre figure as she marked Remembrance Day in her constituency three days after quitting the cabinet.

The former international development secretary quit amid a scandal over secret meetings with senior Israelis.

 Patel appeared more subdued as she appeared at a Remembrance Day service

She was first seen in public yesterday at an Armistice Day service in her constituency in Witham, Essex, where she smiled in front of the cameras and told reporters she had been "overwhelmed with support".

But the Tory politician appeared more subdued today as she attended a Remembrance Day event in the constituency.

She marched alongside veterans with a hat pulled down over her eyes at the town's war memorial.

She was forced out the cabinet earlier this week after it was revealed she had held multiple meetings with Israeli officials without telling the Government.

 The former international development secretary marked the event in her constituency
 Yesterday, she appeared at an Armistice Day event in Witham

Prime Minister Theresa May called her back from a trip to Africa for a face-to-face meeting on Wednesday after which Ms Patel resigned.

Speaking after yesterday's service the Brexit supporting MP said she had been "inundated" with support from her constituents.

She told the BBC: "I've been overwhelmed with support from colleagues across the political divide.

"Of course, nothing is more humbling than the support I've received from my constituents.

 She spoke to reports about the 'overwhelming' report she's received after yesterday's service
 She told journalists she is looking forward to focusing on her constituency
 She was forced to resign from her cabinet post last week

"I look forward to returning to Parliament on Monday where I will continue to be a strong voice for Witham and Britain."

In the days before her resignation it was revealed she had unauthorised meetings with business and political figures in Israel during a family holiday in August.

It then emerged she had asked Government officials to examine whether Britain could give money to the Israeli Defence Forces.

The IDF carry out humanitarian work in the Golan Heights and it was revealed Ms Patel had visited the area during her holiday.

The British Government doesn't recognise Israel's ownership of the area after they seized it from Syria during the SIx-Day War in 1981.

She has been replaced by Penny Morduant, the Conservative MP for Portsmouth, who also supported the campaign to leave the European Union.


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