On Monday, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak removed Suella Braverman from her role as Interior Minister amid increasing pressure following her contentious comments about pro-Palestine protest marches. This decision was part of a broader UK cabinet reshuffle. As a replacement, James Cleverly, who had been serving as Foreign Secretary since September the previous year, was appointed as the new Home Secretary.
Suella Braverman, of Indian origin with immigrant parents, has a history of controversies and a strong stance against immigration. Notably, this is the second time she has been removed from a UK cabinet, as she had previously resigned from former Prime Minister Liz Truss’s cabinet last year due to another controversy.
Here’s list of controversy:
- Last week, Suella Braverman publicly criticized police handling of recent protests, accusing them of favoritism towards left-wing “pro-Palestinian mobs” and being tougher on right-wing extremists. She drew comparisons between Gaza ceasefire demonstrations and Northern Ireland marches led by unionists.
- Earlier this month, Braverman made a statement on a social media platform, suggesting that people sleeping in tents on the streets were making a “lifestyle choice.” She expressed concerns about the proliferation of tents in British cities, citing Los Angeles and San Francisco as examples of the consequences of what she called “weak policies.”
- In October of the previous year, while serving as the UK Home Secretary in the Truss cabinet, Braverman was captured on video expressing her desire to witness the deportation of asylum seekers to Rwanda. She later reiterated the need to reduce migration to “tens of thousands” during a Tory party conference.
- Shortly after the controversial deportation remark, Braverman resigned from the Truss cabinet due to a breach of UK ministerial rules when she sent an official document from her personal email. This incident marked her as the shortest-serving home secretary in UK history since 1834. However, she quickly returned to the same role in less than a week under Rishi Sunak after the fall of the Truss administration.
- In another statement in September of this year, Suella Braverman alleged that asylum seekers falsify their sexuality to obtain refugee status in the UK, claiming that some people pretend to be gay when they are not actually gay during an interview for an ITV Network program.