Suella Braverman sacked as home secretary by Rishi Sunak after pro-Palestine march row
The latest UK inflation figures are expected to show a sharp slowdown in the annual pace of price rises, easing pressure on the Bank of England to increase interest rates.
October’s figures are due to be released this morning, and the expected good news for consumers comes amid a tumultuous period for Rishi Sunak’s government.
Suella Braverman launched a blistering attack on the prime minister last night after being sacked as home secretary for a series of controversial and highly inflammatory remarks about homeless people and the police.
Ms Braverman accused the prime minister of “betrayal” and failing to deliver on key policy areas such as illegal migration, in an explosive letter designed to cause him maximum damage.
She also accused Mr Sunak, who she described as “weak”, of leaving the country in an “impossible position” with no “credible Plan B” just hours before a crunch court ruling on his flagship Rwanda plan.
The Supreme Court will on Wednesday decide whether or not the government’s controversial plan to send migrants to Rwanda, which has been under review for 18 months, is lawful. Ongoing legal battles have meant there have yet to be any migrants sent to the East African nation under the policy.
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ICYMI: Braverman’s humiliation of Sunak has echoes of Geoffrey Howe’s deadly attack on Thatcher
Her furious swipe at Rishi Sunak will go down in history, writes John Rentoul, but will it be a fatal blow?
Read John’s full piece here:
Matt Mathers15 November 2023 06:00
ICYMI: Braverman letter in full
You can read the letter in full here:
Matt Mathers15 November 2023 05:00
ICYMI: Bitter Braverman’s brutal revenge on Sunak the ‘failure’
In an incendiary letter a day after she was sacked as home secretary, Ms Braverman told the prime minister he had “manifestly and repeatedly failed to deliver” on key policies.
Kate Devlin and Adam Forrest report:
Matt Mathers15 November 2023 04:00
More than 50 criminal investigations begin into suspected fraud linked to Covid support schemes
More than 50 criminal investigations have started into suspected fraud linked to Covid-19 support schemes, according to Jeremy Hunt.
The Chancellor added that a total of 80 arrests have been made so far as he responded to concerns from Labour.
Speaking at Treasury questions, shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said the UK Covid-19 Inquiry is uncovering “unsavoury examples of Government mismanagement”.
Matt Mathers15 November 2023 03:00
ICYMI: Cameron’s return to government leaves woman shocked: ‘You are joking?’
A woman was shocked to find out that David Cameron was back in government – when she was stopped in the street by a news reporter, Oliver Browning reports.
Paul McNamara, Channel 4’s senior political correspondent, was on the streets of Dudley, West Midlands, gauging the public opinion on Mr Cameron’s return to the cabinet.
“You’re joking!” she then cries, and when the reporter tells her he isn’t, she turns her head away.
The reporter concludes their exchange by asking the woman if she’s “glad” he’s back.
“Not really, no,” she responds. Watch the clip here:
David Cameron’s return to government leaves woman shocked: ‘You are joking?’
A woman was shocked to find out that David Cameron was back in government – when she was stopped in the street by a news reporter. Paul McNamara, Channel 4’s senior political correspondent, was on the streets of Dudley, West Midlands, gauging the public opinion on Mr Cameron’s return to the cabinet. “He’s back? What are you on about?” the shocked woman says, when told he has taken up the position of foreign secretary. “You’re joking!” she then cries, and when the reporter tells her he isn’t, she turns her head away. The reporter concludes their exchange by asking the woman if she’s “glad” he’s back. “Not really, no,” she responds.
Matt Mathers15 November 2023 02:00
Government blames data error for figures showing suspects trapped five years in prison without trial
The Ministry of Justice has blamed a data error after it published figures showing that 150 suspects had been trapped in jail for more than five years while awaiting trial.
The remand population is currently at its highest in at least 50 years, and is a major driver of prison overcrowding, surging from 9,600 inmates to 16,200 in just four years as the courts backlog soared. Last year, 35 per cent of self-inflicted deaths in prisons were among those on remand.
Matt Mathers15 November 2023 01:00
Can the return of Lord Cameron of Remainville win back lost Tory voters?
The PM has seized headlines with his surprise appointment of David Cameron as foreign secretary – but does a lurch to the centre have any hope of securing the Conservatives a fifth term, wonders John Rentoul.
Read John’s full piece here:
Matt Mathers15 November 2023 00:01
Sunak believes in ‘actions not words’, says No10 in response to Braverman’s resignation letter
Downing Street said the prime minister was “proud to appoint a strong, united team” after Ms Braverman, sacked as home secretary in a cabinet reshuffle on Monday, accused him of being “weak” and claimed to have a “document” outlining her conditions for entering government.
Matt Mathers14 November 2023 23:00
Timeline of Rwanda asylum plan as Supreme Court prepares to pass verdict
The Supreme Court judgment on the Government’s plans to removal asylum seekers to Rwanda comes more than 18 months after they were first announced.
Ongoing legal battles have meant there has yet to be any migrants sent to the East African nation under the policy.
Meanwhile, the Channel migrant crisis continues amid much political debate.
Here is how events leading up to the ruling from the UK’s highest court on Wednesday have unfolded since the Rwanda plan was unveiled:
Matt Mathers14 November 2023 22:08
Brexit ‘chaos’ has hit UK investment, says Mandelson
Longstanding low investment is a root cause of the UK’s “dire economic state” and the “deep malaise”, Labour grandee Peter Mandelson has warned.
In the global race to secure investment, he told parliament that the UK had “sidelined itself” – with the “chaos” since the Brexit vote inflicting damage to the nation’s international standing.
Britain’s reputation for quality of government had also been replaced by one of “political instability”, Lord Mandelson said.
Matt Mathers14 November 2023 22:00