Departure of the British Home Secretary: another blow for Liz Truss

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British Home Secretary's departure: another blow for Liz Truss

Prime Minister Liz Truss lost her Home Secretary on Wednesday in the wake of a series of resignations and dismissals.

Suspended after six weeks in Downing Street, the first British Minister Liz Truss entered a new zone of turbulence on Wednesday with the surprise resignation of her Home Secretary over the improper use of a personal email address.

Rejected by public opinion and challenged within her own majority, the conservative leader, who claims to want to remain in office despite the abandonment of her economic program, once again sees her credibility and her authority weakened. /p>

Less than a week after having to sack her finance minister and close friend Kwasi Kwarteng, she loses the very right-wing head of the “Home Office”, responsible for the delicate file of the crossings of the English Channel, which are reaching record levels.

Retired Minister Suella Braverman in happier times as she arrived in Downing Street. (Archives)

Suella Braverman, 42, said she resigned for using her personal email to send official documents, breaking the departmental code. While making her mea culpa, she launched a heavy charge against the head of government amidst a frenzy in Westminster.

In her letter of resignation, Ms Braverman expressed her serious concerns about the policy of the government which, according to her, is giving up on its promises, particularly in the migration file.

She was replaced in the process by Grant Shapps, Minister of Transport under Boris Johnson. By naming a supporter of her former opponent in the race for power – and potential candidate to replace her -, Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss is taking advantage of this new chaotic episode of her mandate to display an opening she has been accused of missing since her arrival. in power.

Does this departure start a hemorrhage within the government like the one that was fatal to Boris Johnson in July? In any case, it is bad news for Liz Truss, who is seeking to regain control after her new finance minister, Jeremy Hunt, tore up the massive tax cuts she had promised on Monday.

Added to this was a lively stir around a vote, in the evening, in connection with the controversial lifting of the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, a controversial technique for producing shale gas.

A Labor MP, Chris Bryant, has called for an investigation to be opened, explaining that he witnessed scenes of forced voting within majority and harassment.

This characterization was rejected by Energy Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg, who admitted that the situation is not entirely clear about the resignation, reported in the media, of a responsible for the conservative majority.

At midday, during the weekly appointment of questions in parliament, Liz Truss was combative, defending her policy in the face of boos and calls for the resignation of the Labor opposition.

“I am a fighter, not someone who gives up.

— Liz Truss, British Prime Minister

What good is a prime minister whose promises don't even keep for a week? blasted Labor opposition leader Keir Starmer, listing all the measures Liz Truss had to abandon.

Opposition Leader Labor Keir Starmer

After this session in Parliament, Liz Truss was to answer questions from journalists during a visit to a factory in north London, canceled in extremispresumably to speak with Ms Braverman, an unsuccessful Downing Street candidate who had gone over to Liz Truss.

The current political crisis dates back to the presentation on 23 September, of the mini-budget of the Minister of Finance at the time, Kwasi Kwarteng, which had raised fears of a slippage in the public accounts.

The mini-budget of the former finance minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, had raised concerns. (Archives)

The pound had fallen to a historic low and long-term government borrowing rates had soared. The Bank of England had to intervene to prevent the situation from degenerating into a financial crisis.

Responsible for reassuring the markets, Jeremy Hunt is now considered to have taken the upper hand over Liz Truss. In addition to canceling almost all the tax cuts promised by the Prime Minister, he warned of future cuts in public spending, thus raising fears of a return to austerity. after the 2008 financial crisis.

The social context is already explosive and inflation has reached a 40-year high, at 10.1% in September.

According to a YouGov poll, only one in ten Britons have a favorable opinion of Liz Truss. That proportion is one in five among Conservative Party voters. And 55% of majority party members believe Liz Truss should step down two years from the general election where the Labor opposition will defeat the Tories, according to the polls.

Now, six MPs from her party have already publicly urged Liz Truss to leave. Lacking an obvious successor, however, the Conservatives are reluctant to embark on a new and lengthy process of appointing a new leader and are seeking consensus to agree on a name, but they seem far from succeeding.

In front of the BBC cameras, in the corridors of Westminster, Charles Walker, Tory MP, did not withheld his words: This is inexcusable, this is pitiful! And that reflects very badly on the Conservative Party, in every respect, he said.

I don't think it's possible to recover from all this… […] I was a Member of Parliament for 17 years without ever occupying a ministry. I have to say it's a shame. I'm pissed.

“I hope for those who put Liz Truss up at 10 [Downing Street, the residence and office of the Prime Minister, editor's note], it was worth it to sit in Cabinet. Because the damage caused to our party is extraordinary.

—Charles Walker, British Conservative MP

I've had enough. I'm sick of people with no talent ticking the right box, not because it's in the national interest but rather for their own self-interest, to get ministerial posts, the Tory MP added before speaking. #x27;indicate that like many of his colleagues without a portfolio, he feared for his future and that of the people he represents in his constituency.

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