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by Louise Wilson
19 October 2022
Suella Braverman quits as home secretary

Suella Braverman quits as home secretary

Suella Braverman has resigned as home secretary after just six weeks in the job.

The MP breached ministerial rules after using her personal email address to send private government documents to a colleague.

In her resignation letter, she said: "I made a mistake; I accept responsibility; I resign."

But she also used the letter to criticise the "direction of this government".

"Not only have we broken key pledges that were promised to our voters, but I have had serious concerns about this government's commitment to honouring manifesto commitments, such as reducing overall immigration numbers and stopping illegal immigration," she added.

It's another major blow to Liz Truss, who last week sacked her chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, following the mini-Budget.

Grant Shapps - who was a vocal supporter of Rishi Sunak during the leadership campaign - will replace Braverman at the Home Office. 

The Lib Dems said the news showed the UK government was on a "carousel of chaos".

Home affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said: "This is a Government in chaos. People should not be forced to watch the Conservative party implode day after day while real people suffer."

 

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