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Former Border watchdog chief David Neal mentioned he was sacked over Microsoft Teams “for doing my job”.

Mr Neal slammed “shocking leadership” throughout the Home Office after his employees discovered about his dismissal within the media.

He additionally claimed Downing Street blocked his “reappointment” regardless of having assist from Home Secretary James Cleverly.

Just hours earlier than his sacking Mr Neal, the chief inspector of borders and immigration, warned that “high-risk” non-public and constitution jets had been touchdown with out thorough checks.

Asked about his departure, Neal mentioned he was “sacked for doing my job.”

He added: “I think I’ve been sacked for doing what the law asks of me. And I’ve breached, I’ve fallen down over a clause in my employment contract, which I think is a crying shame because I think I can do my job extremely well.

“I’ve been candid with this committee. We’ve produced a number of reviews which have uncovered the generally lack of effectiveness and lack of effectivity within the system that the Borders Act units me as much as examine.

“I think I’ve worked very very hard with the Home Office to try and work with them to achieve what the legislation asks of me.”

Asked about his declare that he was sacked by Microsoft Teams, Neal mentioned: “Yes. It was the most high-performing team of 30 civil servants.

“The notification that I used to be sacked was truly within the media earlier than my staff or I had the prospect to talk to them, which is stunning, stunning management.”

David Neal, whose tenure as the independent borders watchdog was due to end on March 21, claimed No 10 had blocked his reappointment before he was ultimately fired.

He told the Home Affairs Committee: “I now know that the Home Office, so the ministers, supported my reappointment, my extension, my reappointment. And the Home Secretary supported my reappointment.

“That reappointment process was sent to the Cabinet Office and that was sent on to No 10 and it was turned down by No 10.

“So I’ve no concept why it was turned down by No 10.”

He added: “So I can not inform you, I can not inform you why I’ve not been reappointed. But I can inform you that the Home Office, so far as I perceive from materials that has been disclosed to us, authorised my reappointment.”

The materials was disclosed as a part of a judicial evaluate in relation to the Manston migrant processing centre.