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Sunak riles the Tory right over sacking of Suella Braverman

13 Nov 2023 2 minute read
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Home Secretary Suella Braverman. Photo Phil Noble/PA Wire

Rishi Sunak has stoked anger on the right of the Conservative Party by sacking Suella Braverman, as one of his MPs formally called for his departure as the Prime Minister.

Deputy Tory chairman Lee Anderson was among hardline MPs at a meeting in Parliament on Monday where concerns were shared about Mrs Braverman’s ousting as home secretary.

Former minister Dame Andrea Jenkyns submitted a furious letter of no confidence in Mr Sunak to the Tory backbench 1922 Committee during his Cabinet reshuffle.

She argued that Mrs Braverman “was the only person in the cabinet with the balls to speak the truth of the appalling state of our streets and a two-tier policing system that leaves Jewish community in fear for their lives and safety”.

“If it wasn’t bad enough that we have a party leader that the party members rejected, the polls demonstrate that the public reject him, and I am in full agreement. It is time for Rishi Sunak to go,” the MP added.

The split on the Tory benches was demonstrated by public rowing, with Tim Loughton taking aim online at Ms Jenkyns, a staunch ally of Boris Johnson.

“Where can we submit a letter of no confidence in the Pantomime Dame?” he said.


The letter Dame Andrea sent to the committee does not in itself threaten to provoke a vote of no confidence in the Conservative leader, as the threshold stands at 15% of sitting Tory MPs. But No 10 will be wary of more to come.

Around 12 Conservative MPs including former Cabinet minister Simon Clarke attended in person at the New Conservatives grouping led by Danny Kruger and Miriam Cates.

Mrs Braverman’s close ally Sir John Hayes joined them, as did Mr Anderson, who had publicly backed the sacked home secretary over her allegations of police bias.

The deputy chairman said she was “guilty of saying what most of us are thinking and saying”, adding: “Thank goodness we have a Home Secretary who refuses to be cancelled.”

One member at the meeting told PA news agency the group was “far from pleased”. But they indicated none of the members were planning to imminently submit letters.

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Sarah Good
Sarah Good
6 months ago

Oh of course they are riled and whilst Bozo packed the party with as many slavering Brexiteer ideologues as he possibly could, they are not enough to set the agenda with their rage. This is why the weak knees hedge fund manager starters appointing and ennobling civilians to his failing party. He hopes that the coward Cameron will give him some spine. Unlikely, but that’s where we are.

Last edited 6 months ago by Sarah Good
Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
6 months ago

The consensus around the country, and you can see a microcosm of it on Question time each week, is the Tories are dead in the water. No matter what they now say or do – they are heading for a kicking at the next GE. People are just fed up with them, the stink created by the party now needs to be extinguished.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
6 months ago

We still hear people, from government to the general public, saying that Braverman ‘only says what most people are thinking’. I’ve never bought into this and despite giving him no credit for his own behaviour, Sunak has at least demonstrated that he doesn’t think so either. The word, backed up by his deed of appointing Cameron, is that they’ve lost the red wall and are now choosing to battle the Lib Dems in the south. Whatever the tactic, and I’m as sick of their pathetic little psychodrama as anyone else, whilst we are subject to total non governance, we might… Read more »

6 months ago

Anyone checked on ARTD? Must be a penny dropping now especially after he supported Boris, then Truss and thought braverman was best home sec.

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Fi yn unig
6 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

After a Tory councillor supporting 20mph limits, Braverman out and Cameron in, he’s been left speechless.

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