Monday, 05 Dec 2022

Liz Trusss government on the brink after Suella Bravermans parting shot

Liz Trusss government on the brink after Suella Bravermans parting shot


Liz Trusss government on the brink after Suella Bravermans parting shot

Liz Truss's beleaguered government appeared at risk of collapse on Wednesday as Suella Braverman launched a stinging attack on the prime minister after being forced to resign as home secretary.

Braverman's dramatic departure, coming just five days after Truss sacked her chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, risks the prime minister experiencing the sort of mass exodus of ministers that forced Boris Johnson to quit.

Amid chaotic scenes in the Commons, it was reported that Wendy Morton, the chief whip, and her deputy, Craig Whittaker, were both reported to have left the government. However, after hours of confusion Downing Street released a statement confirming the two "remain in post".

In a move first revealed by the Guardian, Braverman announced she was stepping down over the misuse of her personal email, although furious allies on the Conservative right suspect she was forced out by Truss and her new chancellor, Jeremy Hunt.

In a brutal resignation letter which clearly contrasted her departure with Truss's decision to sacrifice Kwarteng over the debacle of last month's mini-budget, Braverman wrote: "Pretending we haven't made mistakes, carrying on as if everyone can't see that we have made them, and hoping that things will magically come right is not serious politics. I have made a mistake; I accept responsibility; I resign."

She added: "It is obvious to everyone that we are going through a tumultuous time. I have concerns about the direction of this government. Not only have we broken key pledges that were promised to our voters, but I have had serious concerns about this government's commitment to honouring manifesto commitments."

In a cursory reply, Truss told Braverman: "I accept your resignation and respect the decision you have made."

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