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Ed Davey, the Lib Dem leader, has joined calls for Suella Braverman to be sacked. He said:

Rishi Sunak must finally act with integrity by sacking his out-of-control home secretary.

Suella Braverman is now putting police officers in harm’s way ahead of far-right protesters flocking to the capital this weekend.

The home secretary’s irresponsible words and foul actions have significantly increased the likelihood of unrest this weekend and the risk of violence towards officers.

Ministers are spending their time fanning the flames of division, instead of bringing communities together. It’s shameful.

These are from Beth Rigby, Sky News’ political editor, on reaction to the Braverman article.

Told Braverman backer Hayes dropped this into MPs WhatsApp group last nite as article landed: ‘So sad to see protests being allowed on remembrance weekend. Wholly inapproriate….& we should speak for the law abiding, patriotic maj by saying so’ > But article angered some MPs..1/

This is a reference to Sir John Hayes.

Told Braverman backer Hayes dropped this into MPs WhatsApp group last nite as article landed: ‘So sad to see protests being allowed on remembrance weekend. Wholly inapproriate….& we should speak for the law abiding, patriotic maj by saying so’ > But article angered some MPs..1/

— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) November 9, 2023

One senior Tory tells me Braverman position ‘must be questioned’ because she’s making police job harder upholding peace and law & order with her language. Also points out protests have in past taken place on Remembrance Sunday & been policed

One senior Tory tells me Braverman position ‘must be questioned’ because she’s making police job harder upholding peace and law & order with her language. Also points out protests have in past taken place on Remembrance Sunday & been policed

— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) November 9, 2023

Another MP says whips ‘aren’t even trying to defend her’ in convos w MPs

As for fallout 4 PM “if he sacks her it looks like media/Lab pressure. I think Lab attack ad that’s he’s weak hits hard & think it’ll stick, cos he is” Says shown by fact SB says what wants, unafraid of PM

Another MP says whips ‘aren’t even trying to defend her’ in convos w MPs

As for fallout 4 PM “if he sacks her it looks like media/Lab pressure. I think Lab attack ad that’s he’s weak hits hard & think it’ll stick, cos he is” Says shown by fact SB says what wants, unafraid of PM

— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) November 9, 2023

Former chief inspector of constabulary says Braverman’s attack on police ‘highly regrettable’

Sir Tom Winsor, former HM chief inspector of constabulary, said this morning that Suella Braverman’s comments about the Metropolitan police (see 9.10am) represented a “highly regrettable” level of political interference. He told the Today programme:

It’s unusual. It’s unprecedented. It’s contrary to the spirit of the ancient constitutional settlement with the police, I think it’s contrary to the letter of that constitutional settlement. And it is highly regrettable that it has been made.

These political objections can be made by many, many people, but a home secretary of all people is not the person to do this …

By applying pressure to the commissioner of the Met in this way I think that crosses the line.

Labour says Braverman should be sacked as backlash grows over her attack on Met police

Good morning. In recent weeks many interviews with a government minister have started with the journalist asking, “Do you agree with Suella Braveraman about [the migration ‘hurricane’/hate marches/tents/lifestyle choices etc etc]?”, and then said minister then politely making it obvious that they don’t. Today, in an intervention that will bolster the argument that she is best understood as a far-right home secretary embedded in what is trying to be a centre-right government, she has published an article in the Times attacking the Metropolitan police, and accusing them of being biased against rightwing protesters and favouring groups such as the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Daniel Boffey has the story here.

Braverman’s comments have infuriated many of her Tory colleagues. But they have also encouraged Labour to escalate its criticism of her. Keir Starmer used part of his speech in the king’s speech debate on Tuesday to say Rishi Sunak could not be a serious PM with Braverman in office, and this morning the party has gone further, with David Lammy, the shadow foreign secretary, explicitly saying she should be sacked.

Last night Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, posted these on X.

Suella Braverman is out of control. Her article tonight is a highly irresponsible, dangerous attempt to undermine respect for police at a sensitive time, to rip up operational independence & to inflame community tensions. No other Home Secretary of any party would ever do this

Suella Braverman is out of control. Her article tonight is a highly irresponsible, dangerous attempt to undermine respect for police at a sensitive time, to rip up operational independence & to inflame community tensions. No other Home Secretary of any party would ever do this

— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) November 8, 2023

She’s deliberately seeking to stir up political division around Remembrance Day, a moment when the whole country can come together to pay our respects for sacrifices of the past.

And at same time she’s deliberately undermining police ability to deal with problems she whips up/2

She’s deliberately seeking to stir up political division around Remembrance Day, a moment when the whole country can come together to pay our respects for sacrifices of the past.

And at same time she’s deliberately undermining police ability to deal with problems she whips up/2

— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) November 8, 2023

Either Rishi Sunak has licensed this or he is too weak to sack her.

Job of Home Secretary is to keep our country safe, not to run an endless Tory leadership campaign

If PM can’t get a grip of Suella Braverman’s conduct, means he’s given up any pretence of serious government /3

Either Rishi Sunak has licensed this or he is too weak to sack her.

Job of Home Secretary is to keep our country safe, not to run an endless Tory leadership campaign

If PM can’t get a grip of Suella Braverman’s conduct, means he’s given up any pretence of serious government /3

— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) November 8, 2023

And this morning Lammy posted this.

Suella Braverman seeking to exploit the sensitivities of this moment, and an ignorance of Northern Ireland’s history, to inflame community tensions for her own leadership campaign is an appalling new low.

Rishi Sunak must sack her. But he’s too weak.

Suella Braverman seeking to exploit the sensitivities of this moment, and an ignorance of Northern Ireland’s history, to inflame community tensions for her own leadership campaign is an appalling new low.

Rishi Sunak must sack her. But he’s too weak.

— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) November 9, 2023

I will post more reaction to what Braverman has said shortly.

Here is the agenda for the day.

10am: Martin Hewitt, former chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, gives evidence to the Covid inquiry. Later in the morning Dame Priti Patel, the former home secretary, is due to give evidence.

After 10.30am: MPs resume their debate on the king’s speech, with the focus on clean energy.

Morning: Keir Starmer is on a visit in the West Midlands.

11.30am: Downing Street holds a lobby briefing.

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