- by theguardian
- 20 Mar 2023
The Guardian was first to reveal that Braverman was departing, and that Grant Shapps, the former transport secretary who strongly backed Rishi Sunak in the Conservative leadership race, was replacing her.
Braverman, a leading rightwinger, was sacked by the prime minister because she sent an official document from her personal email to a fellow MP, in a serious breach of ministerial rules.
The draft written statement on migration was deemed highly sensitive because it related to immigration rules, which potentially have major implications for market-sensitive growth forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility.
Braverman, who was given the job when Truss entered No 10 in early September, was seen as a backbench and party member-pleasing choice for the role, given her robust views on immigration, law and order and culture war issues.
However, the former attorney general has been at the centre of several controversies since taking over, including after speaking out against a proposed trade deal with India due to her worries about it increasing migration to the UK.
Braverman also pledged to reduce net migration to the UK to tens of thousands a year, a target promised before and generally found to be impossible to achieve.
Braverman has also sought to limit the number of international student visas, a lucrative income source for UK universities, while No 10 swiftly hosed down her suggestion that cannabis could be made a class A drug.
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