Suella Braverman “fuels racism with crazy rhetoric about migrants,” says the counselor

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman arrives at Horse Guards Parade during the welcoming ceremony of President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa at Horse Guards on November 22, 2022 in London, England. This is the first state visit to Britain with King Charles III. as monarch and the first state visit by a South African leader here since 2010. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Suella Braverman’s brief tenure as Home Secretary has been the subject of controversy (Image: WireImage)

Suella Braverman’s “crazy rhetoric” about migrants is fueling racism in Britain, said one of the Home Secretary’s own advisers.

Nimco Ali was appointed independent advisor on combating violence against women in 2020 and ended the live broadcast during an interview on Friday.

Ms Ali told Times Radio she is on a “completely different planet” to Ms Braverman when it comes to “the rights of women and girls”.

She then followed up on those comments by saying Ms Braverman’s “crazy rhetoric” about migrants “basically fed into this Nigel Farage stuff”.

“When you start to normalize these things it’s really hard to put them back in their box,” the 39-year-old told The Sunday Times.

Asked if she believed Ms Braverman’s language was helping to fuel racism in Britain, Ms Ali said: “100%. It legitimizes it. When someone like her says that, you think you’re still talking about people of your own descent to a certain extent, but you’re also normalizing the Nigel Farages.”

Having arrived in the UK as a refugee from Somalia at the age of four, Ms Ali was just seven when she was subjected to female genital mutilation.

Speaking to The Times, Ms Ali said the last straw for her was seeing Ms Braverman’s eyes “light up” as she debated the controversial migration policy at the Conservative Party convention.


Nimco Ali is an outgoing government adviser on violence against women (Image: PA)

The interior minister controversially said it was her “dream” and “obsession” to deport people to Rwanda.

“I don’t know why your ambition is to put people on a flight to Rwanda and abolish human rights,” Ms Ali said.

“You are a woman of color. I can understand white able-bodied men saying that, but you? Even talking about it now scares me.

“I think that’s the difference between her and (former home secretary) Priti (Patel). Priti talked about politics, but there wasn’t that vindictiveness. It was a lack of compassion. It really doesn’t cost anything to be kind.”

A source close to Ms Braverman said: “The Home Secretary is committed to making our streets and homes safer for women and girls. That’s why she’s made violence against women and girls one of her top priorities at the Home Office and today campaigned for a new law against sexual harassment in public.

“She will continue to focus on these policies and the rights of women and girls to live safely in our country.”

It is understood Ms Ali’s contract expired before Christmas and she had not met Ms Braverman since she was appointed Home Secretary.

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