PM Sunak dismisses Interior Minister Braverman over pro-Palestinian demo comments

Cameron has assumed the role of the new Foreign Secretary, taking over from James Cleverley, who, in turn, has stepped into the position previously held by Suella Braverman

by Sededin Dedovic
PM Sunak dismisses Interior Minister Braverman over pro-Palestinian demo comments
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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak took decisive action in reshaping the political landscape of Great Britain, sacking Interior Minister Suela Braverman in the wake of her controversial comments regarding the massive pro-Palestinian demonstrations in London.

This move marks a pivotal moment in the government's evolution, as former Prime Minister David Cameron re-enters the political stage by assuming the role of Foreign Secretary, succeeding James Cleverley, who now fills Braverman's vacated position.

The dismissal stemmed from Braverman's outspoken critique in an op-ed for The Times, where she accused the London police of bias during the 300,000-strong demonstration on Saturday, November 11. The article, not endorsed by 10 Downing Street, highlighted Braverman's refusal to tone down her rhetoric as requested.

Her comments were perceived as inflammatory, especially given the context of a pro-Palestinian march on World War I Armistice Day, inciting tensions. In the aftermath of her removal, Braverman briefly acknowledged the privilege of her former role as Interior Minister and hinted at future revelations.

These changes signal the beginning of a broader restructuring within the Prime Minister's office. This shakeup anticipates Sunak's strategic overhaul of his closest advisors ahead of the imminent announcement of economic plans for the upcoming period, scheduled for the following week.

The new Home Secretary, James Cleverley, expressed his commitment to ensuring the safety of the nation in his inaugural statement. David Cameron, the returning Foreign Secretary, conveyed his gratitude for the appointment on social media.

Despite a seven-year hiatus from active politics, Cameron highlighted his extensive experience as Conservative leader for eleven years and Prime Minister for six. On the X social network, he expressed a willingness to leverage his political acumen to support Prime Minister Sunak, emphasizing the need for collective effort.

Cameron acknowledged potential differences in past political stances but commended Sunak as a "strong and capable" leader. This reassurance signals a collaborative spirit as Great Britain navigates this period of political transition under Sunak's leadership.