Tough day for Liz Truss after Home Secretary’s departure

Liz Truss endured another rough day following the resignation of her home secretary

Liz Truss endured another rough day following the resignation of her home secretary (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

Liz Truss was plunged into yet another crisis after her home secretary, Suella Braverman, resigned – and suggested the PM should do the same.

Ms Braverman – who is believed to have had a row with the Prime Minister – said she was resigning over a technical breach of email rules.

But in a stinging resignation letter, she told Ms Truss that she had already “broken important promises” to voters, adding: “Pretend we haven’t made any mistakes, carry on like everyone can’t see that we’re doing it.” they made, and magically hoping things will turn out right is not serious politics.’

In another bombshell hours later, two Tory whips are said to have resigned amid bullying allegations as MPs voted on fracking. To regain control, Ms Truss is said to have ordered the Tories to reverse their 2019 manifesto pledge against the mining process or risk an immediate general election in which hundreds of them could lose seats.

Despite 40 abstentions – including ex-PM Boris Johnson – she defeated Labour, whose MPs claimed senior Tories had pushed would-be rebels through the electoral lobby.

The blows for Ms Truss came after a stormy question from the prime minister – her first since she sat in silence on Monday as new chancellor Jeremy Hunt tore up her flagship tax cut plan after his predecessor Kwasi Kwarteng’s free mini-budget caused financial turmoil.

Ms Truss told the Commons that she was “sorry” and admitted to having “made mistakes”, adding: “But in the circumstances it’s right to make changes that I’ve made and go with the work to continue and deliver for the British people.’

The Home Secretary's letter of resignation

The Home Secretary’s letter of resignation (Image: Suella Braverman/Home Office/PA Wire)

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer derided their about-face, taunting the Conservatives as “opposition on hold”. He demanded: “What good is a prime minister whose promises don’t even keep for a week?” Why on earth would anyone ever trust the Tories with the economy again?’

The Prime Minister hit back by promising to triple lock pensions and increase payments by yesterday’s inflation rate of 10.1 per cent – hours after No 10 said it could not be guaranteed. But she refused to confirm that inflation, rather than income, would increase benefits by about 6 percent.

Ms Braverman was replaced within minutes by Grant Shapps – who was sacked as transport secretary by Ms Truss six weeks ago and said there was “no place at the inn”.

Two days earlier, he had said Ms Truss was unlikely to survive as a leader, telling a podcast: “She has to thread the eye of the needle with the lights off. It’s so difficult.’

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But Mr Shapps – who had supported her leadership rival Rishi Sunak – said it was a “great honor” when he arrived at the Home Office last night. He told reporters: “I’m literally ten minutes on the job so I won’t go into specifics but I accept that the government has had a difficult time.”

Downing Street sources suggested Ms Truss wanted to appoint Sajid Javid but changed her mind after the irate ex-Chancellor threatened to question her at PMQs over claims one of her aides had told him his skills were ” s***”. Jason Stein – who is also accused of telling newspapers that former Housing Secretary Michael Gove was a “sadist” – was suspended on investigation last night.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the government was cracking at the seams. She added: “To appoint and then sack both your home secretary and your chancellor within six weeks is complete chaos. That’s not how you run a government.’

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer called the Tories “opposition on hold” (Image: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor)

Ms Braverman – the first Tory to take part in the leadership race this summer – quit after accidentally sending an official document from her own email account to another MP.

She wrote to Mrs Truss: “I made a mistake; I take responsibility; I step back.’ But she questioned her “travel direction,” adding: “Not only have we broken important promises we made to our constituents, but I have serious concerns about this government’s obligation to honor the Manifesto commitments, such as: B. Reducing overall migration numbers and ending illegal migration.”

She had promised to push through the government’s plan to send illegally arriving migrants to Rwanda, but Ms Truss is said to have called for more permits for skilled migrants to help the economy.

This week she attacked “watchman-reading, tofu-eating wokerati” who defied her public order bill to stop street-stopping demos like Just Stop Oil.

Ms. Braverman’s 43 days on the job makes her the shortest-serving Home Secretary since the Duke of Wellington in 1834.

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