Commenting following the firing of Priti Patel as International Development Secretary, Jo Swinson, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson said:
“Priti Patel has rightly been forced to step down for her cover up of meetings with foreign officials and the inappropriate requests for aid to be sent to the Israeli military in the Golan Heights.
“This was an appalling error of judgement and is nothing short of a major failure by the British government.
“Number 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.”
Shas Sheehan, Liberal Democrat International Development Spokesperson added:
"The Secretary of State clearly and comprehensively broke the ministerial code multiple times.
"In normal circumstances the Prime Minister would have sacked her days ago.
“One thing is clear, whoever replaces her, unlike their predecessor, should have an understanding that development aid is a force for good in the world.”