Suella Braverman’s tenure as home secretary has been marked by a series of statements that stirred controversy and drew public attention, with the latest ‘hate marchers’ comment about pro-Palestinian protestors that probably got her fired.
From her ambitious plans for handling asylum seekers to her resignation and subsequent reinstatement, here’s a timeline of eight noteworthy comments that made headlines:
1. October 4, 2022
Braverman expresses her desire for a front-page headline about asylum seekers flying to Rwanda, sparking criticism for perceived insensitivity to the plight of refugees.
2. October 18, 2022
Referring to protesters, Braverman uses the term “tofu-eating wokerati” while defending plans to restrict the right to protest, accusing the opposition of colluding with eco-protesters.
3. October 19, 2022
Following a serious email blunder, Braverman resigned as home secretary, only to be reinstated a week later by the new prime minister, Rishi Sunak.
4. October 31, 2022
Braverman stirs controversy by referring to small boat crossings as an “invasion” on the UK’s southern coast, drawing criticism for her choice of language.
5. March 7, 2023
Braverman claims that 100 million people worldwide could qualify for protection under UK laws, igniting debate on immigration policies and raising doubts about the accuracy of her projections.
6. September 26, 2023
Braverman declares multiculturalism a failure, asserting that it makes no demands on newcomers to integrate and contributes to the existence of “parallel lives.”
7. November 4, 2023
Braverman suggests fining charities giving tents to rough sleepers, triggering internal disagreements within the government and highlighting her stance on homelessness.
8. October 30, 2023
Braverman labels pro-Palestinian marches as “hate marches,” leading to accusations of political interference in policing and, ultimately, her dismissal on November 8, 2023.
Suella Braverman’s statements have consistently sparked debate, reflecting the challenges and controversies surrounding immigration, protests, multiculturalism, and other pressing issues during her tenure as Home Secretary.