LONDON — Suella Braverman, a darling of the conservative right who became home secretary to Liz Truss after a leadership race, is out of the UK government after admitting a “mistake” in handling official documents — and she has already barely taken a hidden hit from her former boss.
In another sign of turmoil in the crisis-hit Truss administration, Braverman said in a letter to the prime minister that she “chose to tender” her resignation from the Home Office, seen as one of the four high-level jobs in the UK government, after a “technical breach of the rules” over the handling of sensitive information.
In a missive peppered with thinly veiled criticism of the Prime Minister, Braverman said she was resigning after sending “an official document from my personal email to a trusted parliamentary colleague”, explaining that it was a draft written ministerial declaration on migration.
“Much of it had already been briefed by MPs,” she said. “Nevertheless, it is right that I leave.”
The following parts of Braverman’s letter will be seen as a coded attack on Truss, who faced calls to resign after a rocky start to his administration amid falling polls and a host of embarrassing economic reversals. .
“The business of government rests with people accepting responsibility for their mistakes,” she said. “Pretending we didn’t make mistakes, pretending that everyone can’t see we made them and hoping things will magically happen is not serious politics. I made a mistake; I accept responsibility: I resign.
Even as she reflected on her own accomplishments in the Home Office, Braverman said she had “concerns about the direction of this government.”
She said: “Not only have we broken key promises that were promised to our constituents, but I have serious concerns about this government’s commitment to honoring manifesto commitments, such as reducing the overall number migration and stopping illegal migration, especially dangerous small boat crossings. .”
Braverman recently ruffled the feathers of 10 Downing Street and the Commerce Department – which is trying to secure a UK trade deal with India – after criticizing New Delhi’s demand for labor mobility in the proposed pact .
The Guardian and Sun reported that Grant Shapps, a Cabinet minister under Boris Johnson and a key behind-the-scenes fixer for Truss’s chief leadership rival Rishi Sunak, has been tapped to replace Braverman.
This developing story is being updated.