Suella Braverman is reported this afternoon (Wednesday 19th October) to have departed as UK home secretary. Number 10 has denied that Braverman had been sacked – but so far has not responded to media requests for clarification about the nature of her departure. She was only appointed as home secretary 43 days ago by Ms Truss.
However, according to Sky News, Braverman quit her senior role having made what is said to a be an ‘honest mistake involving sharing secure information on her private phone.’
Braverman had pledged to reduce net migration to the UK to tens of thousands a year, a target promised before and generally found to be impossible to achieve.
There are now rumours that Grant Shapps, the former transport secretary who strongly backed Rishi Sunak in the Conservative leadership race, will replace Braverman in another sudden revamp of Truss’s government.
Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael described Ms Braverman’s exit as the latest in a ‘carousel of Conservative chaos’. ‘This is a government in chaos. People should not be forced to watch the Conservative party implode day after day while real people suffer.’
After just 43 days, two of the senior Ministers of State have gone! Will The Prime Minister be next?