Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Grant Shapps appointed as new UK Home Secretary

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Following Suella Braverman’s resignation earlier today, UK Prime Minister Liz Truss on Wednesday named Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps as the next Home Secretary.

UK Prime Minister office tweeted, “The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP @grantshapps has been appointed Secretary of State for the Home Department @ukhomeoffice.”

Home Secretary Braverman, who is of Indian descent, submitted her resignation today for “technical violation of law”. It is claimed that she allegedly transmitted official documents to a legislative colleague.

In a message published on her Twitter account, Braverman stated. “Serious politics is not about pretending we haven’t made mistakes, acting as if no one can see that we have, and wishing for a quick fix. I sincerely regret my error and accept responsibility for it.”

She also voiced her concern over government’s course in the letter to Prime Minister Truss, claiming that significant election-related promises had been breached.

She further added “Everyone can see that we are living through a turbulent moment. I’m worried about the way this government is going. Not only have we breached important promises made to our supporters, but I have grave doubts about this administration’s dedication to upholding pledges made in the manifesto, including lowering overall migration levels and halting illegal immigration, especially the risky small boat crossings.”

According to Braverman, she broke a few “technical restrictions” by emailing official documents to a fellow legislator from her personal email.

Her resignation was announced less than a week after UK’s finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng was sacked after a tenure of even less than six weeks.

Kwarteng was fired when the British government bond market crashed as a result of the incoming government’s huge tax cut proposal announced on September 23.

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