Rishi Sunak’s decision to reappoint Suella Braverman as Home Secretary, just six days after she broke the Ministerial Code, allegedly against the advice of his Cabinet Secretary was totally irresponsible, reckless and put party before country.
Not only did Rishi Sunak re-appoint Suella Braverman after she admitted to breaching the Ministerial Code and undermining security procedures, he also appointed Gavin Williamson to a Cabinet Office role – a department with responsibility for cybersecurity – after he was sacked for leaking sensitive information relating to Huawei.
There are serious unanswered questions about the warnings Rishi Sunak was given and ignored. We need to know what Rishi Sunak was advised, whether he knew about the other security lapses in the Home Office and whether Suella Braverman was involved in other leaks or leak inquiries when she was Attorney General.
This is just the latest in a series of instances of carelessness towards national security. We’ve got a former Prime Minister who put security at risk to go to Italy for a party, Ministers accused of using personal phones for sensitive Government business and a new Prime Minister who has reappointed someone who admitted to security lapses.
We need to know whether Rishi Sunak even considered questions about security or the Ministerial Code when he made his Cabinet appointments, which is why Labour has laid a motion to force them to publish the papers related to those decisions.
Security is too important for a grubby political deal which puts party ahead of country. Rishi Sunak, Suella Braverman and the Tory Party need to come clean.