Officials are asking Braverman to apologize about the allegations

Suella Braverman during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons

Home Secretary Suella Braverman during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons (Image: House of Commons/PA Wire)

Suella Braverman must apologize or be fired for accusing officials of blocking efforts to stop small boat crossings.

The Home Secretary’s signature was put on an email to Conservative Party members, which accused “an activist lump of left-wing lawyers, civil servants and the Labor Party” of trying to thwart the recent crackdown on the Immigration Service.

No. 10 said Ms Braverman “did not see, sign or sanction” the message.

But Dave Penman, head of the FDA union that represents officials, said she should apologize for directly attacking her employees.

He added that she was required by Ministerial Law to uphold the political impartiality of the civil service.

The Prospect union, another representing public sector managers, wrote to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to demand an apology from Ms Braverman.

And the Liberal Democrats have called for an official investigation into whether she broke the code — and her sacking if she did. A Conservative Party spokesman said: “This was an email from Conservative campaign headquarters and the Home Secretary has not seen the wording. We are reviewing our internal approval procedures.’

Answering questions from the Prime Minister, Mr Sunak dismissed criticism of the bill by Sir Keir Starmer as “just another left-wing lawyer”. The Labor leader called the Prime Minister “absolutely deluded” to believe the plans would work.

Ms Braverman resigned as Home Secretary last October for sharing an official document via her personal email, but was reinstated days later by Mr Sunak.

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