Suella Braverman teases major offensive against Sunak in carefully worded statement

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Suella Braverman was sacked by Rishi Sunak this morning

Millie Cooke

By Millie Cooke

Published: 13/11/2023

- 09:21

Updated: 13/11/2023

- 13:44

Suella Braverman was sacked by Rishi Sunak this morning

Suella Braverman has teased making a major intervention on her sacking as Home Secretary in a statement released after her departure.

The Fareham MP was sacked by Rishi Sunak first thing this morning as the Prime Minister began a reshuffle of his Cabinet.

The departure of Braverman came just days after she sparked outrage by accusing the Metropolitan Police of being "bias" in the way it handles certain protests.

In a short statement after being axed, the former Home Secretary promised she had "more to say" on her departure.

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She said: "It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve as Home Secretary.

"I will have more to say in due course."

Cabinet ministers who leave their position are allowed to make a statement on the matter in the House of Commons.

While the opportunity is rarely taken up, it has been used in the past by high profile politicians in order to launch attacks on their party leaders.

Most notably, in 1990 Conservative minister Sir Geoffrey Howe made a statement in the Commons after resigning as Chancellor that was seen to trigger the start of the downfall of Margaret Thatcher.

While many moderates in the party were demanding Braverman be sacked over her unauthorised Op-Ed, she is said to have the backing of as many as 52 Conservative MPs, many of whom come from the New Conservatives Group of MPs and the Common Sense group.

A source on the right wing of the party told GB News that the Conservative Party is "in disarray", warning that Sunak is facing threats from MPs who are of the view that it is "every man for himself" ahead of the next election.

Reacting to this morning's resignation, Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns tweeted: "I support @SuellaBraverman Sacked for speaking the truth."

She added: "Bad call by Rishi caving in to the left".

A former minister told GB News that Sunak's decision to sack her is "surprising" noting that the former Home Secretary has "a lot of support" in the party.

Former Conservative MP Neil Parish said the Prime Minister should “prepare for war” following the sacking of Suella Braverman.

He told GB News: “Rishi Sunak better prepare for war I think because of course she is very much, Suella, the standard bearer of the right of the party.

“Now, I can understand, as Home Secretary she was probably ill-advised to make these comments, the problem is she does reflect a lot of opinion in the country and it will be very interesting now to see what happens, but I suspect Rishi Sunak in the end was left with no alternative.

“But I would have thought she would have been reshuffled rather than sacked but it's an interesting situation politically for Rishi Sunak, the Government, and the Conservative Party.”

Meanwhile, Jane Stevenson, Conservative MP for Wolverhampton North East, said: "I've had several messages from constituents supportive of Suella, and I understand their disappointment that someone plain-speaking has been moved on.

"I think James Cleverly will be a fantastic Home Secretary and he is popular across the party.

"A lot of people in the Black Country liked Suella, and thought she spoke common sense. I will keep pushing for my constituents' priorities. I know the Prime Minister does want a hard line on small boats and illegal migration, and he now needs to prove that to my constituents."

This morning's reshuffle saw James Cleverly appointed Home Secretary to replace Braverman, while former Prime Minister David Cameron has been brought back into Government to replace Cleverly as Foreign Secretary.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Primary Care and Public Health Neil O'Brien, Transport Minister Jesse Norman and Health Minister Will Quince all stepped down from their roles at the reshuffle.



In a statement, Cameron said: “I may have disagreed with some individual decisions” made by Rishi Sunak, but added that he “is a strong and capable Prime Minister, who is showing exemplary leadership at a difficult time”`


In a statement, Cameron said: “I may have disagreed with some individual decisions” made by Rishi Sunak, but added that he “is a strong and capable Prime Minister, who is showing exemplary leadership at a difficult time”.

He said: "The Prime Minister has asked me to serve as his Foreign Secretary and I have gladly accepted.

"We are facing a daunting set of international challenges, including the war in Ukraine and the crisis in the Middle East.

"At this time of profound global change, it has rarely been more important for this country to stand by our allies, strengthen our partnerships and make sure our voice is heard.

"While I have been out of front-line politics for the last seven years, I hope that my experience – as Conservative Leader for eleven years and Prime Minister for six – will assist me in helping the Prime Minister to meet these vital challenges."

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