'Worst Home Secretary in living memory' - Birmingham MPs react to Suella Braverman's sacking

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Fareham MP Suella Braverman has been sacked as Home Secretary for publishing an article criticising the Met Police for "playing favourites" over the recent pro-Palestine protests in London

Suella Braverman has been sacked as Home Secretary as part of a wider Cabinet reshuffle by Rishi Sunak.

The Prime Minister asked Braverman to leave the government this morning (Monday, November 13) and she has accepted, the BBC reported. The Conservative Party said this was part of a ministerial reshuffle as Sunak “strengthens his team in government to deliver long-term decisions for a brighter future".

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Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has replaced her as Home Secretary, former Prime Minister David Cameron has made a sensational return to politics to head up the Foreign Office. This means there are four men in the great offices of state, with an unelected Prime Minister making an unelected peer the Foreign Secretary.

The reshuffle came after Braverman wrote an unauthorised article in the Times saying the police force was "playing favourites" by not blocking the Armistice Day march arranged by who she termed "pro-Palestinian mobs". This drew condemnation from senior policing figures, such as former chief inspector of constabulary Sir Tom Winsor, who said Braverman’s comment “crosses the line” by breaking the convention that a Home Secretary should not question the operational integrity of the police.

This is the second time Braverman has had to step down as Home Secretary after she resigned under Liz Truss for breaching the ministerial code by sending an official document to an ally outside of government from her personal email.

Birmingham MPs react as Suella Braverman is sacked as Home Secretary

Birmingham MPs have been reacting to the news on social media. Yardley MP Jess Phillips called Braverman the 'worst Home Secretary in living memory' in a post on X/Twitter this morning. She wrote: "Braverman was worst Home Secretary in living memory. Putting aside obvious ghoulish divisions, she simply didn't understand her job, she didn't do anything to show even a jot of priority to domestic and sexual abuse, she made modern slavery easier for slavers and harmed policing."

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Tahir Ali, Birmingham's Hall Green MP, said: "Sacked twice, now hopefully for the last time. Braverman is without doubt responsible for the disgraceful actions of far-right hate mobs over the weekend. She spent her time in the Home Office whipping up hatred and stoking division. Good riddance."

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