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Suella Braverman – latest: Tory civil war over home secretary police row as Sunak urged to sack her

Leaked WhatsApp messages reveal divided Tory party as MPs clash over home secretary’s protest comments

Andy Gregory,Maryam Zakir-Hussain
Saturday 11 November 2023 12:55 GMT
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Tory minister refuses multiple times to say PM has confidence in Suella Braverman

Rishi Sunak is facing a Tory civil war as he is urged to sack Suella Braverman over her controversial comments ahead of the pro-Palestine march today.

The home secretary has been accused of stirring “hatred and division” after she claimed the police are biased.

But her job is on the line after Downing Street made clear that it had not approved an extraordinary article in which she accused officers of playing favourites over a pro-Palestine march on Armistice Day.

No 10 says it is investigating after it demanded that changes be made to the piece but the request was ignored. As the home secretary’s claims sparked a furious outcry, one Conservative minister broke ranks to accuse her of fuelling “hatred and division”.

Now, leaked WhatsApp messages between Tory MPs reveal discord in the party as Braverman backers and supporters exchanged heated messages on her comments on the police.

Meanwhile, George Osborne, the former Tory chancellor, said the prime minister risked looking weak if he decided not to axe Ms Braverman.

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We are going to pause this blog as the pro-Palestine protest begins.

Stay updated with the latest from the march with our liveblog.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain11 November 2023 12:55
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Labour MP: Suella must be sacked and Sunak should apologise

Karl Turner said Suella Braverman should be sacked for “revving up far right yobs to come out and pollute our streets by spewing their vile hatred on Armistice Day”.

The Labour MP told The Independent: “It is a wonder that Braverman hasn’t reserved a balcony viewing spot from Whitehall so she could take a bow to those yobs she’s brought out.

“Rishi Sunak should have sacked her already but should now, he needs to apologise for what his inaction has allowed to happen and then call the general election.

“We need a prime minister in charge of his own government ministers not bossed around by dangerous and thuggish ministers like Braverman.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain11 November 2023 12:38
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Humza Yousaf: Suella Braverman must quit over far-right demonstrators

Humza Yousaf has called on the home secretary to quit for “emboldening” far-right protestors on Armistice Day.

The Scottish first minister said attacks on the police mean Ms Braverman’s position is “untenable”.

He said on X: “The far-right has been emboldened by the Home Secretary. She has spent her week fanning the flames of division. They are now attacking the Police on Armistice Day.

“The Home Secretary’s position is untenable. She must resign.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain11 November 2023 11:58
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Watch: Two minutes’ silence observed at Cenotaph amid pro-Palestine Remembrance Day march

Two minutes’ silence observed at Cenotaph amid pro-Palestine Remembrance Day march
Maryam Zakir-Hussain11 November 2023 11:35
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Suella Braverman’s ‘hate marches’ comments show how little she knows about Northern Ireland

Braverman was so anxious to make a point about the threat of this march that she almost threw the entire unionist tradition of Northern Ireland under the bus to do it, Claire Morrison writes:

If you mention Northern Irish politics to people in Britain, their reactions range from trepidation to exasperation. I understand (just try living here). We have a mandatory coalition in Stormont, which is currently collapsed (again), some of our MPs don’t take their seats in Westminster but are still MPs, and the different political identities at play are best represented in a 4D graph.

To be perfectly honest, when it comes to people outside Northern Ireland understanding what happens here, my expectations are through the floor. I’m wrapping up my PhD on Ulster identities and I find it a bit much at times, so I assume nothing of people who aren’t working in the field.

Opinion: Braverman’s comments show how little she knows about Northern Ireland

Braverman was so anxious to make a point about the threat of this march that she almost threw the entire unionist tradition of Northern Ireland under the bus to do it

Maryam Zakir-Hussain11 November 2023 10:38
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Maryam Zakir-Hussain11 November 2023 10:11
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British Muslims ‘feel betrayed’ as Sunak and Starmer both refuse calls for Gaza ceasefire

British Muslim communities have said they feel “betrayed” by the government and the Labour Party over the UK’s response to the war in Gaza.

Despite widespread pleas to demand a ceasefire as the death toll in Gaza reportedly exceeds 10,000, Rishi Sunak has not only refused to do so but sacked a Tory MP calling for one. Home secretary Suella Braverman has been accused of stirring up division as she persistently brands pro-Palestine protests “hate marches” and “mobs”.

Sir Keir Starmer sparked outrage soon after the 7 October attacks that reportedly left 1,400 people dead in Israel, after comments suggesting Israel had the right to cut off water and energy to Gaza. He clarified his views 10 days later, insisting: “I was not saying that Israel had the right to cut off water, food, fuel or medicines.”

But the damage appeared to be done; a recent survey by Muslim Census of 29,000 responses suggests 66 per cent of Muslim voters would no longer back Labour in the next general election.

Dr Haitham Al-Haddad, chair of the Fatwa Committee for The Islamic Council of Europe, told The Independent Muslim communities feel “disappointed and disheartened” by the government’s attitudes towards the invasion in Gaza.

“It is not just because we are talking about Palestinians or Muslims,” he said. “But we are talking about human beings and children who have been killed in front of the entire world.”

British Muslims ‘feel betrayed’ as Sunak and Starmer refuse calls for Gaza ceasefire

Muslim communities in the UK have shared their concerns as Labour MP quits front bench over party’s refusal to call for ceasefire in Israel-Hamas war, Maryam Zakir-Hussain reports

Maryam Zakir-Hussain11 November 2023 09:46
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‘I am not worried about violence at pro-Palestine protests,’ Mercer

Johnny Mercer has said he is not worried about violence erupting at pro-Palestine protests in London today.

The veterans minister said he and the prime minister have “worked hard with the police” this week and “they have the full powers they need”.

“Nobody is going anywhere near the Cenotaph,” he told Sky News.

“Clearly we believe in the rights of people to protest, and my message is that London is fully open and welcoming for all those who want to come up this weekend,” he said.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain11 November 2023 09:25
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Leaked WhatsApp’s reveal Tory clashes over Braverman’s pro-Palestine march row stance

A cache of leaked WhatsApp messages lay bare the scale of Tory in-fighting over Suella Braverman’s stance on pro-Palestine protests in London on Saturday and her attacks on police.

A group of backbench Conservative MPs have rounded on the home secretary, accusing her of “undermining public confidence in policing”.

But backers of Ms Braverman have hit back, accusing critics of “public carping”.

Ms Braverman is under fire for an incendiary article in The Times on Wednesday in which she accused the police of bias over the pro-Palestine protest, prompting calls from senior Tories for her to be sacked.

Archie Mitchell reports:

Leaked WhatsApp’s reveal Tory clashes over Braverman’s pro-Palestine march row stance

A group of backbench Conservative MPs have rounded on the home secretary, accusing her of ‘undermining public confidence in policing’

Maryam Zakir-Hussain11 November 2023 09:14
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Military top brass turn on Suella Braverman over pro-Palestine march ban row

Suella Braverman has been accused of “fanning the flames of hate” towards Muslims after her attacks on pro-Palestine rallies prompted a furious outcry over concerns she is fuelling “hatred and division”.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims, a cross-party committee of MPs, hit out at the home secretary’s rhetoric, which has seen her describe the demonstrations as “hate marches”, warning she is “inspiring far-right” to engage in Islamophobia.

Ms Braverman’s job is on the line after Downing Street made clear that it had not approved an extraordinary article in which she accused officers of playing favourites by tolerating the Armistice Day march while using stronger tactics against right-wing protests, with senior Tories urging Mr Sunak to sack her.

Military top brass turn on Suella Braverman over pro-Palestine march ban row

Generals defend the right of pro-Palestinians to march today and urge the home secretary to back off – as 2,000 police form a ring of steel around the Cenotaph and Whitehall is braced for far-right groups

Maryam Zakir-Hussain11 November 2023 08:52

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