UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman 'Sacked' After Row Over Pro-Palestine Rally

In a surprise move, ex-PM David Cameron was appointed as foreign secretary in the Cabinet reshuffle.

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Suella Braverman, the United Kingdom's home secretary who is responsible for law and order, has reportedly been fired.

Pink-slipped: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday, 13 November, sacked the Indian-origin interior minister as part of a wider Cabinet reshuffle, Reuters reported.

Why it matters: Braverman's dismissal from the top job comes days after she criticised the London Police's handling of a pro-Palestinian march, which spurred calls from Opposition lawmakers as well as Conservative Party members to remove her from office.

Of note: Incumbent UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has taken Braverman's place, Downing Street announced on X (formerly Twitter).

  • Former British Prime Minister David Cameron has been appointed as the UK foreign secretary.

The backstory: Last week, Braverman wrote an article for The Times which explicitly denounced the alleged political bias of the London Police.

  • She alleged that the city's police force was being indulgent to pro-Palestinian marchers and Black Lives Matter demonstrators while clamping down on right-wing causes such as COVID-19 lockdown objectors.

Know more: Over 3,00,000 pro-Palestinian protesters joined the march in London on Saturday, 11 November, as per the report.

  • Then, far-right protesters reportedly clashed with the police, leading to the arrest of around 140 people.


Some perspective: "For many Londoners, the suggestion that the police are more sympathetic to the political left will seem laughable. The Metropolitan Police has in recent years been embroiled in a series of scandals which have highlighted the persistence of sexism, racism, Islamophobia and homophobia in its ranks," former BBC India correspondent Andrew Whitehead wrote for The Quint last week.

  • "[Braverman's] hostile comments about illegal immigrants, the homeless, pro-Palestine demonstrators and now the police seem designed to burnish her reputation as the right-wing politician who speaks out on the issues others don’t address," he opined.

Next moves: According to Reuters, PM Sunak is expected to make more changes to his Cabinet in the days to come.

Between the lines: Sunak's Cabinet rejig has ruffled feathers among right-wing political leaders in the UK.

  • Conservative Party MP Andrea Jenkyns has sent a no-confidence letter to the 1922 committee which reads, "Enough is enough. If it wasn't bad enough that we have a party leader that the party members rejected, the polls demonstrate that the public reject him, and I am in full agreement. It is time for Rishi Sunak to go."

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