IN A significant development today, Suella Braverman has been dismissed from her role as Home Secretary, as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak embarks on a cabinet reshuffle in response to mounting criticism over the past week.
Following her removal, Mrs Braverman expressed her gratitude for the privilege of serving as Home Secretary, promising further remarks in the near future.
This isn’t the first instance of Mrs Braverman being ousted from a ministerial position within the Conservative Government. Previously, during the Liz Truss administration, she was sacked by then-Prime Minister Truss for breaching the ministerial code by transmitting classified information via email to another Member of Parliament. However, when Prime Minister Sunak assumed office, he swiftly reinstated her less than a week later.
The Conservative Party’s social media asserts that today’s reshuffle by Mr Sunak, “strengthens his team in government to deliver long-term decisions for a brighter future.”
Last week, Ms Braverman penned a newspaper article criticizing the Metropolitan Police’s handling of a contentious pro-Palestinian march for Armistice Day, accusing the police of “playing favourites.” This drew widespread condemnation, with critics, including members of both opposition parties and fellow Tory MPs, deeming her comments “offensive” and “inflammatory.” The Prime Minister faced mounting pressure to act, particularly amid accusations that Ms Braverman undermined the operational independence and public confidence in the police.
In addition to Ms Braverman’s dismissal, several junior ministers have also left the government. Nick Gibb, a long-serving minister in the Department for Education, announced his resignation, while Neil O’Brien requested a return to the backbenches from his role as a junior minister in the Department for Health and Social Care.
In a surprising turn of events, former Prime Minister David Cameron was spotted entering No.10 this morning, fuelling speculation that he may be poised to assume the role of the new Foreign Secretary, as former Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has been newly appointed as Home Secretary.