By John Ikani
Suella Braverman has been relieved of her duties as home secretary, with Rishi Sunak requesting her departure earlier today.
This marks the second instance of Ms. Braverman relinquishing the home secretary role, having previously resigned from Liz Truss’s government, violating the ministerial code, only to be swiftly reinstated by Prime Minister Sunak a week later.
In a recent newspaper article, Braverman criticized the Metropolitan Police’s handling of a contentious pro-Palestinian march on Armistice Day.
The Conservative Party’s social media post asserts that Sunak’s reshuffle today ‘strengthens his team in government to deliver long-term decisions for a brighter future.’
Pressure mounted on the prime minister to take action following accusations that Braverman undermined operational independence and public confidence in the police.
Critics from both opposition parties and fellow Tory MPs deemed her comments ‘offensive’ and ‘inflammatory.’
In a piece for The Times, Braverman accused the police of ‘playing favourites’ in handling controversial protests, alleging a more lenient attitude toward left-wing protesters than their right-wing counterparts.
She intensified her critique of pro-Palestinian demonstrators, likening them to Protestant marches in Northern Ireland—a stance criticized as ‘wholly offensive’ and ‘ignorant’ by a former Tory cabinet minister.
The weekend witnessed clashes between far-right protesters and police in Westminster, while pro-Palestine marches in other areas concluded with arrests.
Speaking to Sky News this morning, Armed Forces Minister James Heappey distanced himself from Braverman’s words, joining Defense Secretary Grant Shapps and Chancellor Jeremy Hunt.