British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sacked Home Secretary Suella Braverman following a turbulent relationship, exacerbated over the weekend with her inflammatory comments about pro-Palestinian demonstrations in central London. Sunak then announced further reshuffling by appointing former minister prime David Cameron as Foreign Secretary after a seven-year leave of absence from politics.
According to The Telegraph, Braverman was not surprised to receive a call from Sunak on Monday morning, ending her 12-month tenure as Home Secretary. Sources said she had an idea the phone call was coming on Sunday after a "series of controversies over her outspoken criticism of police bias in tackling the pro-Palestinian protests and street vagrancy."
In an op-ed in the Times of London newspaper - published ahead of a massive pro-Palestinian demonstration on Saturday, she called protesters "hate marchers" and criticized police for applying "double standards" in the way they manage protests.
"Right-wing and nationalist protestors who engage in aggression are rightly met with a stern response, yet pro-Palestinian mobs displaying almost identical behavior are largely ignored, even when clearly breaking the law. I have spoken to serving and former police officers who have noted this double standard," Braverman wrote.
As for Palestinian marches, she added: "We have seen with our own eyes that terrorists have been valorized, Israel has been demonized as Nazis, and Jews have been threatened with further massacres."
Helicopter footage from London today.— Alan MacLeod (@AlanRMacLeod) November 11, 2023
Hundreds of thousands of people out on the streets. This is the biggest protest in decades.
Something big is happening. pic.twitter.com/fuZWpkX5IY