Suella Braverman sacked as home secretary

Suella Braverman walking outdoors.

Suella Braverman has been sacked as home secretary in Rishi Sunak’s Cabinet reshuffle.

Braverman was asked to leave the job on Monday morning (13 November) by the prime minister following a series of controversial comments and actions from the home secretary.

One of those blunders came in the form of a newspaper article in which Braverman accused the Metropolitan Police of “playing favourites” with protesters who took part in a pro-Palestinian march on Armistice Day.

In a statement issued immediately after her sacking, Braverman said: “It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve as home secretary. I will have more to say in due course.”

Emerging reports from The Sun’s Harry Cole suggest that James Cleverly will take over from Braverman as home secretary.

The BBC’s Chris Mason has said he understands Braverman has not been offered another Cabinet position, meaning she will now return to the backbenches.

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It had been widely predicted that Braverman could find herself without a job – or at the very least would be demoted – as part of Sunak’s reshuffle.

Suella Braverman sacked after numerous controversies

Braverman had become something of a thorn in Sunak’s side throughout her stint in the home office, but tensions escalated in recent weeks after she hit out at pro-Palestine protesters and compared their marches with those held in Northern Ireland.

She was also widely condemned for suggesting that homelessness is a “lifestyle choice” and for insisting that trans women have “no place” in women’s hospital wards.

In September, Braverman was heavily criticised by LGBTQ+ rights activists when she claimed queer migrants were fleeing their home countries out of fear of discrimination rather than actual persecution.

Rishi Sunak’s Cabinet reshuffle is ongoing, with a number of high-profile party figures seen going in and out of No 10 throughout the morning.

In a post on social media, the Conservative Party sought to explain the reasoning for the reshuffle.

“Today Rishi Sunak strengthens his team in government to deliver long-term decisions for a brighter future,” a post on X, formerly Twitter, said.

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