Suella Braverman confused over sacking after ‘deal with No 10’ over police assault article

Suella Braverman described her sacking as “a bit strange” as she criticized Rishi Sunak for showing a “lack of moral leadership” over the past four weeks.

In her first interview since being asked to quit the government, the former interior minister said Mr Sunak should “take responsibility for the consequences”, with her departure leading to a widening rift between his right and center party.

She also spoke about her firing last week, which came after she wrote an article about The times accusing the police of “double standards” for giving the green light to a pro-Palestine march on Armistice Day.

Speaking to mail on sunday, he claimed that Downing Street had agreed that he should write the article and had seen a draft. But as he mentions The independentMr Sunak's official spokesman claimed that No 10 did not approve the final text.

“It was a bit strange because on Wednesday we had an agreement with No 10 that I should write an article for The times. We had drawn up a draft and exchanged versions with the team at No 10, so I find them very confusing,” Ms Braverman said.

Braverman said Sunak failed to honor commitments made to her in an alleged backroom deal


“On the one hand they gave us permission and then the reason he gave in the call was that he was not happy with the article [opinion article] in The times.”

She revealed that the prime minister had phoned her to fire her as she was on her way to parliament at breakfast time on Monday and told her the publication was “not the right thing to do”.

Ms Braverman's article sparked an angry outcry after she accused Scotland Yard of “playing favourites” at the rally – claiming police bias had stopped far-right protests but allowed “pro-Palestinian mobs” to demonstrate.

While Mr Sunak's spokesman said at the time he had “full confidence” in her, they confirmed No 10 had not approved the final text.

Braverman has since launched a scathing attack on the prime minister

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Warning of a bleak electoral outlook if Mr Sunak fails to change course, Ms Braverman also repeated her calls for the UK to ditch the “straightjacket” of human rights laws that have prevented the government's plan to send immigrants in Rwanda from succeeding in the Supreme Court.

Calling for new laws, he said the pro-Palestine marches “threatened community cohesion and undermined British values”.

“There have been tepid and coy statements from the Prime Minister throughout this issue and I felt there was a real opportunity for the Prime Minister to show some moral leadership, to demonstrate that this is not what Britain stands for, that we are an inclusive nation. , tolerant and respectful, where violence on Britain's streets is unacceptable,” he said. “I felt like I was completely missing out.”

Sacked after writing controversial op-ed in The Times


The day after she was fired, Ms Braverman launched a scathing attack on the Prime Minister, accusing him of breaking secret promises. He also stated that he had decided to make “wishful thinking” in approaching the Rwanda plan and had been repeatedly ignored.

After her letter was published, Downing Street said it would not respond to individual allegations, but a spokesman said: “The Prime Minister believes in actions, not words. He is proud that this government has introduced the toughest legislation to tackle illegal immigration this country has seen and then cut the number of boat crossings by a third this year.

“And whatever the outcome of the Supreme Court, he will continue that work.”