Labor is urging the government to publish its assessments of Suella Braverman’s security breach following her controversial reappointment as home secretary just six days after her departure.
new prime minister Rishi Sunak is under increasing pressure to reinstate Ms Braverman as Home Secretary after a former party chair claimed she had committed “multiple breaches” of the ministerial code.
He has so far resisted calls for an investigation after sharing a sensitive document with a Tory MP from a personal email without permission.
Labor and the Liberal Democrats raised “national security” concerns about the breach, and called for a Cabinet Office investigation.
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Labor will try to push ministers to share the risk assessments of this leak and other alleged leaks, as well as the information provided to Mr Sunak before he reinstalled her in the Home Office, with a motion” humble address” in Parliament.
Ms Braverman has so far refused to appear before MPs to explain the circumstances surrounding what happened.
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said: “Rishi Sunak and Suella Braverman cannot continue to run away from these issues. This is far too serious for that and raises serious doubts about the Prime Minister’s judgment. minister.
“People need to know that they can trust the Home Secretary with highly sensitive information and our national security. Rishi Sunak’s decision to reappoint Suella Braverman was deeply irresponsible.
“Labour will use every open parliamentary mechanism to force the government to come clean on its reappointment, to get answers and to demand that detailed documents be given to the Intelligence and Security Committee.”
Mrs Braverman resigned from his post a little over a week ago after he used his personal email address to forward sensitive government documents, breaking rules ministers must follow.
But the new Prime Minister referred her to the Home Office on Tuesday and upheld the decision after being pressed in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for the Home Secretary to be sacked and accused Mr Sunak of brokering a ‘dirty deal by trading security for support’ in the race for power. leadership of the Conservatives, which he won after receiving support from Ms Braverman.
But Mr Sunak insisted the Home Secretary had ‘learned from his mistake’ and did not regret his decision to reappoint her – although some Tory MPs added their voices to the reaction.
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Tory MP Caroline Nokes said there were “big questions about this whole issue” and backed opposition calls for an inquiry, while former Tory Speaker Sir Jake Berry called the breach a ” really serious.”
Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy called for a full investigation into Ms Braverman’s actions and her dismissal, telling Sky News: ‘Home Secretary is the most serious job you can have in our state.
“He’s a person who makes judgments about terrorism and counter-terrorism, who makes judgments about very, very serious offenders, if they are to be allowed out of prison, and for that reason, it is someone who, I’m afraid, judgment is extremely important.
“I fear it was poor judgment for which she was rightly fired. The question is, why was she brought back?”
Nicknamed ‘Leaky Sue’, Ms Braverman is believed to have already been investigated by government officials after an article implicating the security services was leaked.