Suella Braverman: Jeremy Hunt refuses to back protest claims
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt refused to back Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s comments about police bias, as the PM is facing growing calls to sack her.
Her article in the Times newspaper, in which she attacked the Met Police and used inflammatory language, which many say is her attempt to stoke tensions ahead of Sunday’s Remembrance Day.
Hunt said Braverman’s comments in the article “are not words that I myself would have used.”
But added “the prime minister has said he has full confidence in her”.
She claimed aggressive right-wing protesters were “rightly met with a stern response”, while “pro-Palestinian mobs” were “largely ignored”.
The home secretary defied a Downing Street request to tone down the article, which was published in the Times on Wednesday.
Mr Hunt said although he would not use her words, “I have a productive relationship with her as a colleague” and had “always given her the money that she needs to fund the police”.
Politicians across the board including some Conservative MPs are calling for her to be sacked for her claims that police were applying “double standards” and “played favourites when it comes to demonstrators”.
Those of the far-right of the Tory Party have backed Braverman’s comments but many are wondering if by not sacking her it shows just how weak of a prime minister Rishi Sunak is.
Suella Braverman is no stranger to making comments that receive large backlash, only a few days before the article, she claimed homelessness was a lifestyle choice.