From TELEGRAPH UK:
Rishi Sunak believes in “actions not words”, Downing Street has said in response to a damning letter by Suella Braverman.
Mrs Braverman, who was sacked by Mr Sunak as home secretary yesterday, published her letter to the Prime Minister this afternoon accusing him of a “betrayal” of an agreement between the two on issues including migration policy and European law.
Telling Mr Sunak he had “manifestly and repeatedly failed” to help her deliver her policies, she said: “Your plan is not working, we have endured record election defeats, your resets have failed and we are running out of time. You need to change course urgently.”
But a Downing Street spokesman hit back: “The Prime Minister was proud to appoint a strong, united team yesterday focused on delivering for the British people.
“The Prime Minister believes in actions not words. He is proud that this government has brought forward the toughest legislation to tackle illegal migration this country has seen and has subsequently reduced the number of boat crossings by a third this year.
“And whatever the outcome of the Supreme Court tomorrow, he will continue that work. The PM thanks the former Home Secretary for her service.”
Another cause for disappointment – and the context for my recent article in The Times – has been your failure to rise to the challenge posed by the increasingly vicious antisemitism and extremism displayed on our streets since Hamas’s terrorist atrocities of 7th October.
I have become hoarse urging you to consider legislation to ban the hate marches and help stem the rising tide of racism, intimidation and terrorist glorification threatening community cohesion. Britain is at a turning point in our history and faces a threat of radicalisation and extremism in a way not seen for 20 years. I regret to say that your response has been uncertain, weak, and lacking in the qualities of leadership that this country needs. Rather than fully acknowledge the severity of this threat, your team disagreed with me for weeks that the law needed changing.
As on so many other issues, you sought to put off tough decisions in order to minimise political risk to yourself. In doing so, you have increased the very real risk these marches present to everyone else.
In October of last year you were given an opportunity to lead our country. It is a privilege to serve and one we should not take for granted. Service requires bravery and thinking of the common good. It is not about occupying the office as an end in itself.
Someone needs to be honest: your plan is not working, we have endured record election defeats, your resets have failed and we are running out of time. You need to change course urgently.
I may not have always found the right words, but I have always striven to give voice to the quiet majority that supported us in 2019. I have endeavoured to be honest and true to the people who put us in these privileged positions.
I will, of course, continue to support the Government in pursuit of policies which align with an authentic conservative agenda.
Rt Hon Suella Braverman KC MP
Member of Parliament for Fareham