UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has dismissed Suella Braverman from her position as home secretary, attributing her removal to allegations of fostering tensions and racial animosity during Armistice Day protests.
Braverman’s statements, which accused London police of favoring left-wing pro-Palestine protesters, including unverified attacks on Pakistani men, sparked outrage.
In the lead-up to her dismissal, Braverman’s provocative remarks, deliberately appealing to hard-right factions within the Conservative party and anti-immigrant extremists, drew criticism from various quarters, including the Labour Party, Muslim groups, left-wing factions, and moderate elements within her own party.
Defying Prime Minister Sunak, Braverman refused to accept modifications to her article published in The Times, where she criticized the Metropolitan Police and supported far-right groups that clashed with the police during a London demonstration. This article played a pivotal role in her ousting, wherein she claimed that senior police officers displayed bias in handling protesters.
Despite the evident rise in Islamophobia and attacks on Muslims, Braverman, purportedly driven by aspirations for party leadership, failed to support the Muslim community, instead singling them out in her statements. Prime Minister Sunak terminated her employment on Monday morning.
This dismissal follows weeks of controversy surrounding Braverman’s adherence to a hard-right policy agenda and a series of contentious statements, including describing homelessness as a “lifestyle choice.” Notably, she becomes the first home secretary in UK history to be forced out of the role in little more than a year, having previously resigned in October last year for breaching the ministerial code.
Blamed by the police, Labour, and various groups for exacerbating tensions that led to clashes between far-right groups and police, Braverman faced widespread criticism. Although she positioned herself against pro-Palestine marchers, it is widely believed that her primary targets were British Muslims and left-wing groups supporting Palestinian freedom.
The decision to sack Braverman was attributed to her open defiance and challenge to Prime Minister Sunak’s authority.
Ironically, despite her anti-immigrant stance, the 43-year-old politician is the child of immigrant parents. Born Sue-Ellen Fernandes, she changed her name to Suella Braverman in 2018 after marrying Rael Braverman, a manager at Mercedes-Benz.
Braverman, who lost her first election in 2005, entered politics in 2015 and rose through the ranks, becoming a junior Brexit minister in 2018 and later serving as attorney general under Boris Johnson. Throughout her political career, she has been at the center of numerous controversies.