UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman attends the weekly government cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street on May 23, 2023 in London, England.
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LONDON – UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reportedly sacked controversial Home Secretary Suella Braverman on Monday as he begins a reshuffle of his senior cabinet.
Sunak’s office confirmed that Foreign Secretary James Cleverley will replace Braverman, while former Prime Minister David Cameron was also seen arriving at Downing Street.
Braverman drew widespread criticism last week after publishing an op-ed in The Times newspaper that ignored instructions from Downing Street and accused London police of political bias in policing protests.
The Home Secretary has long been a controversial figure. He resigned from the same role under Sunak’s predecessor Liz Truss over a serious breach of the ministerial code, after sending an official document from a personal email.
Braverman has repeatedly referred to the pro-Palestine marches in London as “hate marches”. In the letter to the Times, he said the protests were “eerily reminiscent” of past scenes in Northern Ireland, comments widely condemned as inflammatory and inaccurate.
Several far-right groups clashed with police in London following his comments, which were criticized for undermining trust in the police ahead of a major Armistice Day protest on Saturday.
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The UK has formally backed Israel’s right to self-defence following the harrowing terrorist attacks carried out by the Palestinian militant group Hamas on 7 October. Sunak has since backed calls for a humanitarian pause in Israel’s retaliatory bombing of the Gaza Strip, which has claimed thousands of lives. of Palestinian lives.
Late last month, Conservative leader Paul Bristow was sacked as a ministerial assistant at the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology after urging Sunak in a two-page open letter to demand a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.