Cabinet departure

Truss crisis deepens as Home Secretary departs

Suella Braverman: resigned

Suella Braverman has dramatically left her post as Home Secretary, deepening the crisis around Liz Truss.

The Cabinet minister departed after Ms Truss cancelled a visit to an aerospace firm without giving a reason.

It has been speculated that Ms Braverman was sacked on the advice of new Chancellor Jeremy Hunt and in a move to placate moderates in the party. She was replaced by former Transport Secretary Grant Shapps who only weeks ago had been critical of Ms Truss’s performance.

Just a few days ago he described the Prime Minister’s mini-budget as “lamentable” and accused her of undermining the Tories’ fiscal credibility.

In her letter of resignation Ms Braverman hinted that Ms Truss should have resigned after admitting her failings.

“The business of government relies upon people accepting responsibility for their mistakes,” she 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.”

Ms Braverman was sacked after sending one of her supporters details of the government’s plans to relax immigration rules, which she opposes.

She inadvertently copied the email to someone with a similar name and the matter was reported to the whips.

Ms Braverman’s departure heaps more pressure on the increasingly isolated PM who insists she will not resign.

Matters only worsened for the Prime Minister when Chief whip Wendy Morton and deputy chief whip Craig Whittaker appeared to resign after a Labour vote to ban fracking, but they remain in post.

The pair had told MPs earlier that the fracking motion was a de facto vote of confidence in Ms Truss, however Number 10 reportedly overruled this just before the vote and did not tell the two most senior whips, prompting a furious backlash. The Tories won the vote.

Earlier, under intense questioning from Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer during Prime Minister’s Questions, Ms Truss admitted to a fiery House of Commons she was ‘sorry’ and had ‘made mistakes’.

Tory backbench 1922 committee chief Sir Graham Brady is believed to have informed the Prime Minister that more than 50 Tories have privately sent him no-confidence letters. 

Ms Truss told MPs: “I have been very clear that I am sorry and that I have made mistakes.”

Amid shouts of “resign”, she added: “The right thing to do in those circumstances is to make changes, which I have made, and to get on with the job and deliver for the British people.”

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