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The return of Suella Braverman to the Ministry of the Interior, the first controversy of the Sunak era

Suella Braverman, UK Home Secretary – Victoria Jones/PA Wire/dpa

The new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, has begun his mandate with a first controversy regarding the appointment of his cabinet, for which he has regained Suella Braverman as head of the Interior, despite the fact that he had resigned from that same position a week before for an alleged error in sending official information.

Braverman left Liz Truss’s cabinet on October 18, just two days before the head of government announced her own departure. The minister then attributed her resignation to a bureaucratic problem, but her statement included allusions to the political chaos that existed at the time.

Thus, he stressed the importance of accepting mistakes and moving away, without waiting for the problems to be resolved “by magic”, implying that the exit had a marked component of discomfort towards Truss’s management, something that Braverman has never came to recognize out loud.

With Sunak’s arrival in Downing Street, Braverman has returned to Interior. “We will work hard to control our borders, maintain security and have safe streets,” he declared in his first reaction, “honored” to regain the lost position.

Downing Street sources justify the decision to the BBC by virtue of Braverman’s abilities and Sunak’s intention to put political criteria before his team. However, doubts about the integrity of the appointment have dotted the political gatherings this Wednesday, even before the first Council of Ministers.

The Foreign Minister, James Claverly, has emphasized that Braverman has “a very recent experience in the Ministry of the Interior” and has wanted to settle any debate. According to Claverly, his partner has already turned the page “by saying that he made a mistake, apologizing for that mistake and resigning.”

The opposition, however, has begun to unleash the political artillery against Braverman and, by extension, against Sunak. A Labor spokeswoman, Bridget Phillipson, has suggested that there may have been a “dirty deal” between the two in which the prime minister had to compensate the former minister in some way.

Also in the Liberal Democratic ranks, they consider that the return of Braverman calls into question the “integrity” that Sunak promised. The head of the Interior of this party, Alistair Carmichael, has called for an independent investigation into the appointment, to determine if there were promises “behind closed doors” involved.

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