Rishi Sunak 'decided to axe Suella Braverman BEFORE attack on police
Rishi Sunak ‘decided to get rid of Suella Braverman BEFORE her attack on police over protests bias’ with her jibe at homelessness being ‘lifestyle choice’ tipping the PM over the edge
Suella Braverman’s brutal sacking yesterday came after Downing Street disowned her attack on police bias towards pro-Palestinian protests.
But the former Home Secretary’s fate seems to have been sealed much earlier than that, with Rishi Sunak already having tired of her outspoken interventions.
By the time Ms Braverman penned her article for the Times last Wednesday accusing Scotland Yard of ‘playing favourites’, the process of appointing David Cameron as Foreign Secretary was already well under way.
The pair are believed to have made contact the previous weekend, shortly after Ms Braverman suggested that homelessness was a ‘lifestyle choice’ for some people.
The ex-PM was smuggled into No10 for a drink to finalise his bombshell deal with Mr Sunak last Tuesday.
And when it emerged Ms Braverman had gone ahead with the piece despite No10 refusing to approve it, Mr Sunak was merely said to have observed that she was ‘not a team player’.
Rishi Sunak sacked Suella Braverman and unveiled David Cameron as his new Foreign Secretary in dramatic moves yesterday
By the time Ms Braverman penned her article for the Times last Wednesday accusing Scotland Yard of ‘playing favourites’, the process of appointing David Cameron as Foreign Secretary was already well under way
Mr Cameron attended Cabinet today for the first time since he quit in 2016
Rumours of a reshuffle had been circulating in Westminster for months, and ministers had become increasingly frustrated at having to tour TV studios either endorsing or distancing themselves from Ms Braverman’s views.
Lord Hague, who served as Foreign Secretary under Lord Cameron and is a mentor to Mr Sunak – having previously served as MP for his Richmond, Yorks seat – has been named as the go-between.
He told Times Radio this morning that he had advised both men that the comeback was a ‘great idea’.
However, the peer stressed that appointing him as Foreign Secretary ‘wasn’t my idea’.
‘I know Rishi Sunak and David Cameron very well, but sometimes in politics, things are simpler than they look,’ he said.
‘Sometimes somebody just asked somebody else around for a chat and says, why don’t you do this?
‘And they said, well, okay, fine. And you know, it doesn’t need any intermediary or they just sort it out themselves. So that’s what happened in this case.’
Downing Street has insisted Mr Sunak himself was the one who originally suggested drafting in his predecessor.
Lord Hague, who served as Foreign Secretary under Lord Cameron and is a mentor to Mr Sunak – having previously served as MP for his Richmond, Yorks seat – has been named as the go-between
Restoring Lord Cameron to the fold required freeing up one of the great offices of state.
Demoting James Cleverly, one of the strongest Cabinet performers, would have been seen as harsh. Instead he was shifted to take Ms Braverman’s job.
Despite right-wing threats to revolt over the sacking of Ms Braverman, Mr Sunak’s allies were jubilant about how the changes had gone last night.
One Sunak ally told MailOnline: ‘I feel like we’ve grabbed the initiative today in a way we haven’t in ages.’
They acknowledged that there was a difficult year ahead, but insisted ‘Rish is a fighter’. ‘He wants to do this.’
They also pointed to the fact only around a dozen MPs were at a meeting in Parliament to plot a response to the axing.
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