UK Prime Minster Rishi Sunak has sacked the country’s Home Secretary Suella Braverman as he announced the reshuffling of his cabinet on Monday, Sky News reported.
According to Sky News, Braverman penned a newspaper article last week criticising the way the Metropolitan Police handled a contentious Armistice Day pro-Palestinian march.
Following accusations that Braverman was weakening public trust in the police and their operational independence, pressure mounted on the prime minister to take action.
In the article in question, according to the British broadcaster, the politician blamed the police for siding with leftwing protesters and inflamed tensions ahead of Armistice Day protests.
She ramped up her attacks on people attending pro-Palestinian demonstrations, drawing comparisons between them and Protestant marches in Northern Ireland.
Braverman’s remarks have drawn criticism from both opposition parties and several Tory MPs, who referred to them as “offensive” and “inflammatory”.
One former Tory cabinet member called her remarks “wholly offensive” and “ignorant”.
Her statement earlier this month that homeless people’s living in tents is a “lifestyle choice” also infuriated many.
Braverman was appointed as the UK’s home secretary in October 2022. Before taking up the role of the country’s home secretary, she was the attorney general between February 2020 and September 2022, according to the UK government.
Additionally, she served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union from January to November 2018.