Could ‘Security risk’ Suella bring down ‘Second chance’ Sunak?

Suella Braverman and Rishi Sunak: by giving her a job, has he dropped himself into a morass of trouble?

After watching his former boss Boris Johnson face an inquiry about lying to Parliament, could Rishi Sunak really be foolish enough to let himself go the same way?

It seems possible – and all because he offered Suella Braverman a second chance.

We all know the story here – or think we do – right? Braverman is said to have quit her role as Liz Truss’s Home Secretary voluntarily, after having sent sensitive documents via her personal email. Apparently the wrong person saw them.

Sunak, tackled about it in Prime Minister’s Questions, said, “She made an error of judgment, but she recognised that, she raised the matter and she accepted her mistake. That is why I was delighted to welcome her back into a united Cabinet that brings experience and stability to the heart of Government.”

But then former Conservative Party chairman Jake Berry gave a TV interview that suggested this was not the truth:

So, according to Berry, Braverman did not volunteer any information about this; it was discovered by someone else who raised the red flag. The evidence was then put to her and (we may infer) she was told to resign.

That would certainly explain the amount of vitriol against Truss’s government that Braverman put in her resignation letter.

This indicates, though, that Sunak lied to Parliament by saying Braverman was the one who raised the matter – and it casts doubt on his claim that she resigned voluntarily and deserved a second chance.

It makes it more likely that Sunak offered Braverman – a senior member of the European Research Group (ERG) wing of the Conservative Party – a Cabinet post in order to secure the support of her cronies.

This information is all, now, in the hands of former Director of Public Prosecutions, now leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer.

Phil Moorhouse discusses what Starmer may do with it in the clip below:

Is Sunak storing up a similar fate for himself as that which Johnson is already facing?

Time will tell. But what do you think?

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