The Prime Minister has sacked the Home Secretary and David Cameron is on the verge of being brought back into the Cabinet. The Mail has more.
Rishi Sunak kicked off a dramatic reshuffle today with Suella Braverman axed as Home Secretary – and signs of a shock comeback for David Cameron.
The P.M. moved to oust Ms Braverman as he tries to restore his authority with potentially less than a year to a General Election.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has been sighted in Downing Street, sparking speculation that he could take over in the Home Office.
In a decision that could send an earthquake through Westminster David Cameron has paraded into No.10, potentially to be given a peerage and fill Mr. Cleverly’s old role.
The sacking of Ms. Braverman comes after an extraordinary week of rowing over handling of pro-Palestinian protests in London on Armistice Day.
She drew the fury of No.10 by lashing out at “hate marches” and then penning an article accusing the police of bias without getting it cleared.
Critics have blamed her for inflaming violence with far-right counter-protesters taking to the streets – although the Tories are badly split with supporters saying the grim scenes in the capital proved her right.
The stunning developments were greeted with extreme sarcasm by one former minister in the right-wing ERG bloc. “We’re ecstatic. All we need is for Tobias Ellwood to be Defence Secretary and our joy will be complete,” they said.
The Cabinet minister sounded defiance last night despite mounting speculation about her fate, releasing a statement saying pro-Gaza demos “polluting” the streets with hate “can’t go on”.
A Downing Street source said: “Rishi Sunak has asked Suella Braverman to leave government and she has accepted.”
In an ominous response, Ms. Braverman said: “It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve as Home Secretary. I will have more to say in due course.”
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