Suella Braverman resigns six weeks after being appointed as Britain’s home secretary
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Suella Braverman, who was appointed as Britain’s home secretary last month has resigned from her position, after being caught breaching ministerial security code.
The resignation, which has made Braverman the shortest-serving home secretary in Britain’s modern history after the Duke of Wellington who lasted for a month in 1834, was a result of her sending a highly confidential and important document to a fellow MP through her personal email.
However, many have said that the security breach could not have been the reason why she was forced to resign as several political members have done similar things in the past. Braverman had been quite outspoken about her opinions on migrants and immigration, putting the already crumbling government into further chaos and controversies.
In her resignation letter posted on twitter she wrote, “Earlier today, I sent an official document from my personal email to a trusted parliamentary colleague as part of policy engagement, and with the aim of garnering support for government policy on migration. This constitutes a technical infringement of the rules. As you know, the document was a draft Written Ministerial Statement about migration, due for publication imminently. Much of it had already been briefed to MPs. Nevertheless it is right for me to go.”
“As soon as I realised my mistake, I rapidly reported this on official channels, and informed the Cabinet Secretary. As Home Secretary hold myself to the highest standards and my resignation is the right thing to do. The business of government relies upon people accepting responsibility for their mistakes. Pretending we haven’t made mistakes, carrying on as if everyone can’t see that we have made them, and hoping that things will magically come right is not serious politics, I have made a mistake; I accept responsibility: I resign.”
She added, “It is obvious to everyone that we are going through a tumultuous time. I have concerns about the direction of this government. Not only have we broken key pledges that were promised to our voters, but I have had serious concerns about this Government’s commitment to honouring manifesto commitments, such as reducing overall migration numbers and stopping illegal migration, particularly the dangerous small boats crossings.” The Indian-origin MP’s departure comes less than a week after Kwasi Kwarteng was sacked as the chancellor. On Thursday, 20 October, former transport minister Grant Shapps replaced Braverman as the home secretary.