UK interior minister Braverman sacked over protest comments

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has dismissed Interior Minister Suella Braverman, one of his top ministers, according to a government source on Monday, Reuters reported.

The decision follows comments Braverman made last week regarding the police’s handling of a pro-Palestinian march.

Braverman defied Sunak last week by publishing an article in The Times criticizing the police’s management of a march that occurred on Saturday (November 11). Critics argue that her stance contributed to heightened tensions and fueled right-wing protests in London, placing Sunak under pressure to take action.

Braverman was reappointed as interior minister on October 25, 2022, by Sunak, less than a week after resigning from the role for breaching government rules. Her resignation came a day before former Prime Minister Liz Truss stepped down for violating email security rules.

First elected to parliament in 2015, the 42-year-old Braverman is considered a right-wing figure within the governing Conservative Party. She advocates for Britain’s exit from the European Convention on Human Rights as the solution to immigration issues and has expressed her “dream” of witnessing a flight deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda.

A committed Brexit supporter, Braverman resigned from her ministerial role in the Department for Exiting the European Union in protest against former Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed divorce deal. After Boris Johnson became leader, she was later appointed Attorney General in 2020, facing criticism from some lawyers over the legality of certain government policies.