NEW DELHI: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on November 13 sacked his Indian-origin Home Secretary Suella Braverman and replaced her with Foreign Secretary James Cleverly.
In an unusual move, former PM David Cameron was made the new Foreign Secretary in the Cabinet rejig by Sunak. Cameron, who is not an MP, will have to be appointed to the House of Lords.
Braverman has repeatedly courted controversy, most recently by accusing the Met Police of “playing favourites” when tackling aggressive Israel-Gaza protests in an article in ‘The Times’
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According to reports, the controversial newspaper article was published without the clearance from her boss.
Sunak had been under pressure from sections of his Conservative Party as well as faced criticism from the Opposition for allowing her to continue in her job.
“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 November 12 following far-right violence during the protests over the weekend.
However, her intervention in support of the police may have come a little too late to save her job in the end.