UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman Fired by PM Sunak

Home Secretary Suella Braverman speaks at policing conference in Westminster in 2022 (Photo: Brandon Hattiloney / No 10 Downing Street / Flickr.com)

Suella Braverman was fired by UK Home Secretary Rishi Sunak after it was alleged that she inflamed tensions during Armistice Day protests by claiming that police favoured left-wing demonstrators.

The British newspaper Guardian was informed by an official in the government that Rishi Sunak had asked Suella Braverman to leave the government, and she had agreed.

Her departure is anticipated to be a part of a larger shake-up within Sunak’s administration, which also includes the possible departure of Health Secretary Steve Barclay and Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey.

Although it has been predicted that Jeremy Hunt will become chancellor, this is thought to be less likely in light of this month’s autumn statement.

Braverman was fired after weeks of controversy during which she appeared to be adopting a hard-right policy agenda of her own. Among her contentious remarks was the widely criticised claim that homelessness is a “lifestyle choice.”

In a newspaper article last week, Braverman criticised the Metropolitan Police for their handling of a contentious pro-Palestinian march on Armistice Day, accusing them of “playing favourites.”

Following accusations that Braverman was undermining public confidence in the police and their operational independence, pressure mounted on the prime minister to take action.

Braverman’s remarks were deemed “offensive” and “inflammatory” by critics, including members of the opposition parties and other Tory MPs.

Far-right demonstrators and police clashed in Westminster over the weekend. Pro-Palestinian marches elsewhere also resulted in arrests.

James Heappey, the minister of the armed forces, joined Chancellor Jeremy Hunt and Defence Secretary Grant Shapps as the most recent government figure to distance themselves from Braverman’s remarks, speaking to Sky News this morning.

However, the action will enrage some party members. On X, Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns declared, “I support Suella Braverman. Sacked for speaking the truth. Bad call by Rishi caving in to the left!”

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