2 UK MPs question Suella Braverman’s return to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Cabinet

2 UK MPs question Suella Braverman's return to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's Cabinet

Suella Braverman has been reappointed as UK Home Secretary. (File)


British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Thursday came under renewed pressure to re-appoint Indian-born Suella Braverman as home secretary after two Conservative MPs questioned his decision, days later. when she resigned for a data breach.

Braverman, 42, resigned from the Cabinet of former prime minister Liz Truss last week, for breaching ministerial code by sending secure information from her private email. She was reappointed by Sunak, the newly appointed Prime Minister on Tuesday, leading to growing calls for her to step down.

Conservative MP Caroline Nokes said there were “big questions” hanging over the matter and called for a full investigation. And former Tory Party chairman Jake Berry said Braverman’s violations were numerous and serious.

However, new Conservative Party Chairman Nadhim Zahawi defended Sunak’s move, telling the BBC he believed in “redemption”.

“The prime minister looked at the case and he decided to give her a second chance,” he said.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Cabinet Office Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe said Prime Minister Sunak was “clearly a government of integrity, professionalism and accountability”, adding: “I believe that the bring her back is right.” In his October 19 resignation letter, Braverman admitted to having committed a “technical breach” of the rules by sending an official document to someone who was not authorized to receive it.

“I made a mistake; I accept responsibility; I resign,” she wrote.

However, just six days after Sunak, the first British Prime Minister of Indian descent reappointed Braverman as home secretary. It comes two days after Braverman endorsed him in the election to replace Truss, in what was seen by many as a key endorsement of an influential figure in the Conservative Party.

On Wednesday, Labor leader Keir Starmer accused Sunak of giving Braverman a job in exchange for her support in the race for the leadership.

He told MPs at the Prime Minister’s Question: “He’s so weak, he’s made a horrible deal on national security because he’s afraid of losing another leadership election. Both Labor and the Liberal Democrats have also called for an investigation into Braverman’s reappointment.

Responding to the Prime Minister’s first question, Sunak strongly justified his decision telling MPs: “The cabinet secretary was wrong in her judgment but she realized it, she raised the issue and she accepts her mistake.” But Nokes – the Conservative MP for Romsey and Southampton North – agrees there should be an inquiry into Braverman’s reappointment.

Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, she said: “I think what’s clear is that there are big questions raised about this whole thing.

“And honestly, I’d love to see them resolved so the home secretary can continue her job.” Berry – who served as party chairman under Truss but was fired by Sunak – has also questioned Braverman’s return to the cabinet.

He told Talk TV that Braverman sent a document “from a private email address to another congressman, which she then attempted to copy to the individual’s wife but accidentally sent it to a private employee.” member of Parliament.

“To me, that seems like a really serious breach,” the cabinet secretary said at the time. I suspect he’s changed his mind in the last six days. A No 10 spokesman denied reports that cabinet secretary Simon Case – the head of the civil service – had been “liquid” about the appointment.

The BBC has been told that the home secretary has requested further briefings on email security.

Bringing up the issue in the House of Commons, former Home Secretary for Labor David, now Lord, Blunkett told colleagues that security and intelligence agencies may be reluctant to inform the cabinet secretary and other agencies. Other international security guards would be reluctant to share information with the UK “if they fear that the information will be passed on from the government”.

According to British media reports, as justice minister, Ms Braverman is also discussing Labor calls for an investigation into reports that, as attorney general, she was being investigated for information leakage related to security services.

Braverman, Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party for Fareham in southeastern England, served as Attorney General in the government led by Boris Johnson.

She was one of the first candidates to throw a hat on the ring to replace Johnson as Tory leader and Prime Minister. She was appointed Home Secretary by Prime Minister Truss.

The mother of two children is the daughter of Tamil Hindu mother Uma and Goan father Christie Fernandes. Her mother immigrated to the UK from Mauritius while her father emigrated from Kenya in the 1960s.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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