Braverman sacked as UK home secretary amid row over Armistice Day protests

The conservative politician accepted the request to leave the government in a short statement, but vowed to say more “in due course”

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FILE - British Home Secretary Suella Braverman attends the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in London, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023. Every year, members of the British Royal family join politicians, veterans and members of the public to remember those who have died in combat. (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP)

U.K. Home Secretary Suella Braverman has been sacked by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak after a tumultuous relationship reached breaking point over the weekend with a row over Armistice Day protests.

A Downing Street source confirmed on Monday that “Suella has gone because the prime minister wants a united team to deliver the changes this country needs for the long term.”

She has been replaced by James Cleverly who had been serving as Britain’s foreign secretary, and in a surprise move, former Prime Minister David Cameron has accepted an invitation to lead the foreign office.

Braverman confirmed the sacking in a brief statement. “It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve as Home Secretary. I will have more to say in due course,” she said.

The Conservative politician, viewed favorably among the right-wing faction of the governing party, penned an unapproved op-ed for The Times newspaper on Wednesday in which she accused the Metropolitan Police of favoritism by permitting pro-Palestine demonstrators to run riot through the streets of London while being far tougher on right-wing protestors.

“Right-wing and nationalist protestors who engage in aggression are rightly met with a stern response, yet pro-Palestinian mobs displaying almost identical behavior are largely ignored, even when clearly breaking the law. I have spoken to serving and former police officers who have noted this double standard,” Braverman wrote.

On the Palestinian marches, she added: “We have seen with our own eyes that terrorists have been valorized, Israel has been demonized as Nazis, and Jews have been threatened with further massacres.”

Her remarks were praised by large numbers of the conservative commentariat and governing party members but were jumped upon by the liberal mainstream media as unhelpful and provocative.

At the weekend, a protest group seeking to pay their respects to fallen soldiers at the Cenotaph in Central London and protect war memorials from planned pro-Palestine marches clashed with police, unrest which some officers later claimed was fuelled by Braverman’s comments.

Braverman has long been viewed as being more traditionally conservative than the current leader and has been far more outspoken on the topic of immigration, regularly expressing her frustration at being held back from controlling Britain’s borders due to overzealous human rights legislation and “lefty lawyers” who help facilitate rejected asylum seekers to game the system.

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