THE top civil servant at the Home Office resigned today after a high-profile bust-up with Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Sir Philip Rutnam said there was an "vicious and orchestrated campaign" against him and he will sue the government for constructive dismissal, the BBC reports.
It comes after a series of reports of clashes between Ms Patel and the the £175,000-a-year mandarin.
The Home Secretary was accused of "bullying staff" – which she denied – and reportedly demanded Sir Philip be moved to another department.
The Sun revealed last night the clash erupted after he warned the Home Office will struggle to deliver major Brexit tasks on time.
But his warnings infuriated Ms Patel, who sees him as “the new Philip Hammond Eeyore”, her friends say.
Sir Philip told the BBC: "I have this morning resigned as permanent secretary of the Home Office.
"I take this decision with great regret after a career of 33 years.
"I am making this statement now because I will be issuing a claim against the Home Office for constructive dismissal.
"In the last ten days I have been the target of a vicious and orchestrated briefing campaign.
"It has been alleged that I have briefed the media against the Home Secretary.
"This along with many other claims is completely false."
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