After Labour leader Keir Starmer questioned re-appointment of Suella Braverman as home secretary, Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Braverman made an error of judgement, but she had recognised that.
Sunak added that he was delighted to welcome Braverman back into a “united” cabinet that brings “experience and stability to the heart of government”. He said: “she’ll be focused on “cracking down on criminals” and “defending borders”, while the party in opposition remains “soft on crime” and in favour of “unlimited immigration”, BBC reported.
Indian-origin Suella Braverman, who was included as the Secretary of State for the Home Department, was forced to resign earlier this month for accidentally emailing classified government documents outside her department.
The news of her reappointment on the official Twitter handle of the Prime Minister drew largely negative comments. While scores of them questioned how the Conservative Party reappointed a leader who had admitted to a security breach, some others questioned her stance on policies, especially on migration control, that has drawn mixed reactions even within her party.
Labour MP Chris Bryant tweeted: “Appointing Suella Braverman as Home secretary just days after she was sacked for a security breach doesn’t smack of integrity, competence, professionalism or sensible politics. It’s just cynical manoeuvring. This PM’s no better than the last two.”
Ms Braverman, an outspoken critic of Rishi Sunak’s predecessor Liz Truss’s economic policy, had come out in support of Mr Sunak in the run-up to his election last week.
Earlier this month, Braverman was also at the centre of controversy for branding Indians as the “largest group of people who overstay” their visas in the UK. She blamed the riots in Leicester following an India-Pakistan cricket match on uncontrolled migration into the UK and the newcomers’ failure to integrate.