Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was embroiled in controversy tonight shortly after starting to build his team, over the inclusion of Suella Braverman as Home Secretary. The hardline home secretary resigned last week over a technical breach of government rules. British dailies reported speculation that he had been asked to resign.
Ms Braverman – a vocal critic of the economic policies of Rishi Sunak’s predecessor, Liz Truss – had come out in favor of Mr Sunak ahead of his election last week. “We need unity, stability and efficiency. Rishi Sunak is the only candidate who fits the bill and I am proud to support him,” she wrote in The Daily Telegraph.
News of his reappointment on the Prime Minister’s official Twitter account drew largely negative comments. Many have wondered how the Conservative Party reappointed a leader who admitted to a security breach. Others questioned his stance on policies – particularly on migration control – which drew mixed reactions even within his party.
“Appointing Suella Braverman as Home Secretary just days after she was sacked for a security breach is not a matter of integrity, competence, professionalism or sound policy. It is just a cynical maneuver. This prime minister is no better than the last two,” Labor MP Chris tweeted. Bryant.
The London-born daughter of a Goan father and a Tamil mother, Ms Braverman has expressed ‘reservations’ over the UK’s trade deal with India.
In an interview, she said she feared the deal would increase migration to the UK, when Indians were already the largest group of visa overstayers.
Earlier this month she blamed the riots in Leicester following an India-Pakistan cricket match on uncontrolled migration to the UK and the failure of newcomers to integrate.
She also pledged to reduce illegal migration, promising to control small boats carrying illegal migrants across the Channel, “abusing” the UK asylum system.
She also got involved in her predecessor Priti Patel’s plan to deport illegal migrants to Rwanda. Ms Patel had launched the program which did not fully take off.
Suella Braverman was the attorney general in former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet and found a key post in Liz Truss’ cabinet as Home Secretary.
She had resigned last week, saying in her resignation letter that she had sent an official document from her personal email address, breaking the ministerial code.
The letter also contained harsh criticism of Liz Truss. His government, Suella Braverman wrote, had “broken key promises that were promised to voters.”