The pressure on the Home Secretary Suella Braverman continues to increase. She admitted in a statement Monday that she sent government documents to her personal mail account six times. The opposition called it “stunning.”
Braverman’s appointment last week to Home Affairs was already controversial anyway, as she should have resigned from that same ministry six days earlier. It was then revealed that she had not only sent a confidential document via her personal e-mail, but also to a parliamentarian for whom the e-mail was not intended.
Since Prime Minister Liz Truss also resigned a day after her resignation, Braverman is now given another chance under Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. His spokesman said on Monday that Sunak has “full confidence” in his interior minister. But Yvette Cooper, MP for Labour, does not understand how Braverman sent six emails to her personal account in the 43 days she was minister. “That’s once a week,” a serious violation of the ministerial code in her eyes.
In the statement, the minister once again apologized for the mistakes made. She said she sent the documents because she was in an online meeting with her work phone and she wanted to view the documents on a different screen.
Meanwhile, Braverman is already under fire for her asylum policy. In the shelter in Manston, diphtheria has broken out and there are far too many people. Some 4,000 people who want to apply for asylum would now stay there, while there is only room for 2,000. Braverman would deliberately stop a move to temporary hotel rooms, according to British media, against the advice of her lawyers, because that would slow down the asylum process. According to Cooper, she violated the law and once again violated the ministerial code. The minister denies that she is stopping the movements.
In the House of Commons, Braverman said she is working hard to solve the problem, but that tackling illegal immigration is one of her priorities as minister. She will soon visit Manston to see the situation for herself.