UK PM Sunak sacks Suella Braverman as home secretary: reports

The Goan-origin cabinet minister, who has a history of controversies, was sacked for publishing a controversial article alleging police bias without clearance

UK's former cabinet minister Suella Braverman (photo: Getty Images)
UK's former cabinet minister Suella Braverman (photo: Getty Images)
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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday sacked his Indian-origin home secretary Suella Braverman, days after it emerged that a controversial newspaper article attacking the Metropolitan Police was published without clearance from her boss, according to reports coming out from Downing Street.

The 43-year-old Goan-origin Cabinet minister has been replaced by James Cleverly, 54, who moves from his portfolio of foreign secretary on the day he was scheduled for talks with Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar, currently on a five-day official visit to the UK.

It remains to be seen how those bilateral meetings will now pan out as former British prime minister David Cameron is among the names doing the rounds as new foreign secretary.

Sunak’s cabinet reshuffle is expected to throw up many surprises following the sacking of Braverman. The 43-year-old Goan-origin cabinet minister has repeatedly courted controversy in her senior role, most recently by accusing the Met Police of "playing favourites" when tackling aggressive Israel-Gaza protests in an article in The Times.

Sunak had been under pressure from sections of his Conservative Party as well as faced attacks from the Opposition for allowing Braverman to continue in her job after she went ahead with the article in a perceived breach of the ministerial code.

“Our brave police officers deserve the thanks of every decent citizen for their professionalism in the face of violence and aggression from protesters and counter protesters in London yesterday. That multiple officers were injured doing their duty is an outrage,” Braverman said in a statement on Sunday evening following far-right violence during the protests over the weekend.

“The sick, inflammatory and, in some cases, clearly criminal chants, placards and paraphernalia openly on display at the march mark a new low. Antisemitism and other forms of racism together with the valorising of terrorism on such a scale is deeply troubling,” she said.

However, her intervention in support of the police may have come a little too late to save her job in the end.

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