Fired by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak over her criticism of the police handling of a pro-Palestine march, former Home Secretary Suella Braverman has written a stinging letter to Sunak, accusing him of betrayal and failing to deliver on key policies. Her letter could mark the beginning of a campaign to replace Sunak if the Conservation Party lost an election next year.
She was forced’ to resign from the same post last year by former PM Liz Truss for breaching ministerial guidelines.
Quiet when she was sacked, her letter came late in the day, launching a scathing attack on Sunak for ‘betraying’ her on the assurances based on which she agreed to support him even though he was rejected “by a majority of party members during the summer leadership contest and thus having no personal mandate to be prime minister”.
In her letter, Braverman said her support to Sunak was on the terms that Sunak would prioritise reducing legal migration, ‘stop the boats’ and illegal migration and deliver the Northern Ireland protocol among others.
She said Sunak failed to deliver on these issues. She wrote, “You have manifestly and repeatedly failed to deliver on every single one of these key policies. Either your distinctive style of government means you are incapable of doing so. Or, as I must surely conclude now, you never had any intention of keeping your promises.”
Callin him weak and “lacking in the qualities of leadership”, she said, ” have become hoarse urging you to consider legislation to ban the hate marches and help stem the rising tide of racism, intimidation and terrorist glorification threatening community cohesion. Britain is at a turning point in our history and faces a threat of radicalisation and extremism in a way not seen for 20 years. I regret to say that your response has been uncertain, weak, and lacking in the qualities of leadership that this country needs. Rather than fully acknowledge the severity of this threat, your team disagreed with me for weeks that the law needed changing.”
“As on so many other issues, you sought to put off tough decisions in order to minimise political risk to yourself. In doing so, you have increased the very real risk these marches present to everyone else,” she added.