Boris Johnson is reportedly becoming increasingly frustrated at the Home Secretary’s handling of the influx of migrants crossing the Channel. So far this year more than 10,000 people have made the crossing – with a record 475 arriving in the UK on just one day last week.
The rise has continued unabated, despite numerous vows from Ms Patel to deal with it.
But as her strong words have not been met with similarly forceful action, one minister told the Mail On Sunday that her days in the Home Office may be numbered.
A source told the paper: “What the f*** is the Home Office doing?
“When is she [Priti] going to sort this out?”
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He was reappointed back into the cabinet and has commanded a senior position ever since.
The rapprochement has reportedly been helped by the appointment of Mr Gove’s former aides Henry Newman and Henry Cook – who are close friends with Mr Johnson’s wife Carrie Symonds – to key positions in Downing Street.
Mr Gove has also severed relations with Dominic Cummings, his former adviser, who has been waging a war of words against Mr and Mrs Johnson.
But promoting Mr Gove to one of the Great Offices of State would likely infuriate Ms Patel.
Sources claimed that the MP for Witham could be shuffled into the role of Party Chairman.
But Ms Patel has reportedly made clear privately that she would resist the move.
A source said: “Michael and Boris are close again – with Rishi [Sunak, the Chancellor] starting to flex his muscles in Cabinet more, it is useful for Boris to have Michael back as an ally.
“The Home Office is a demanding job, but Michael has the brain power and the work ethic to cope with it.”
A source close to Mr Gove said: “Michael is totally focused on the job the PM has asked him to do in Cabinet Office – helping to coordinate our response to Covid, reforming Government and strengthening the union.”
A No 10 spokesman said: “We don’t comment on reshuffle speculation.”