Fury Over Rishi Sunak Not Acting Decisively Against Suella Braverman
Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister of UK, is facing a civil war in the ruling Conservative party over the future of Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, after he held off removing her from her post for saying police were biased for allowing a pro-Palestinian march on Saturday.
Internationally observed each year on November 11 to commemorate the end of World War I, Armistice Day 2023 is set to see one of Britain’s biggest ever days of mass protest. The organisers of the pro-Palestine march believe “hundreds of thousands” of people will turn out.
Sunak Could Take A Decision Next Week
Allies of Braverman claim more than 50 Tory MPs were fighting to help her keep her job, with some of the MPs blaming Simon Hart, the chief whip, for orchestrating a plot to oust her. Moderate Tory MPs, however, are pressing No 10 and the chief whip to sack her.
Sunak is considering the home secretary’s future after she defied Downing Street by submitting the controversial piece to the Times without making changes it requested. On Friday, Braverman issued a statement of support for the police in an apparent attempt to calm the chaos.
Since Hamas triggered the deadly war, there have been a series of marches across the UK of up to 100,000 demonstrators, who have been calling for a ceasefire. The marches have largely been peaceful but there have been some arrests for inciting racial hatred.
On Friday, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister said an “ongoing internal process” within No 10 was taking place and that there were no updates on what may happen to Braverman. Sunak could take a decision next week, according to Whitehall sources.
The Many Controversies Of Braverman
Among the several occasions when Braverman’s words have landed her in trouble, the pro-Palestine march is just the latest one. Her Rwanda “dream” – a scheme devised under Boris Johnson to deport asylum seekers to the African nation – is also caught up in controversies.
Perhaps the biggest instance of Tories inching away came when the home secretary justified a mooted plan to stop charities giving tents to homeless people by saying these were often “occupied by people”, many of them from abroad, living on the streets as a lifestyle choice.”