UK Home Secretary resigns after using private emails
After six weeks at Downing Street, British Prime Minister Liz Truss entered a new zone of turmoil on Wednesday with the surprise resignation of her home secretary for misusing a personal email address. Rejected by public opinion, challenged by her own majority, the Conservative leader, who claims she wants to remain in office despite abandoning her economic program, once again finds her credibility and authority weakened.
Truss loses right-handed Home Office boss
Less than a week after she had to sack her finance minister and close friend Kwasi Kwarteng, she lost the far-right head of the “Interior Ministry” in charge of the sensitive file on illegal Channel crossings, which are reaching record highs.
Suella Braverman, 42, said she resigned because she used her personal email address to send official documents, breaking the department code. While making her mea culpa, in a context of frenzy in Westminster, she laid serious charges against the head of government. In her resignation letter, Suella Braverman expressed her “serious concern” at the government’s policies, which she says are backing down on promises, particularly on the Migration Act.
A resignation that is difficult for Truss
She was replaced by Grant Shapps, Minister for Transport under Boris Johnson. By naming a supporter of her former opponent in the race for power – and potential candidate to succeed her – Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss uses this new chaotic episode of her mandate to show an opening she has since been accused of missing arrival in power.
Does this departure trigger the kind of bleeding in government that didom Boris Johnson in July? In any case, it’s bad news for Liz Truss, who is trying to regain control after her new Treasury Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, scuttled the massive tax cuts she promised on Monday.
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