Grant Shapps appointed Home Secretary after Suella Braverman resignation

Grant Shapps has been appointed Home Secretary, Downing Street confirmed.

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Grant Shapps has been appointed Home Secretary, Downing Street confirmed.

Grant Shapps, a backer of Rishi Sunak in the Tory leadership race and a critic of Ms Truss’s subsequently abandoned plan to abolish the top rate of income tax, replaced Ms Braverman as Home Secretary.

Shapps said he is looking forward to getting on with the job as Home Secretary “regardless of what’s happening otherwise in Westminster”.

Speaking outside the Home Office, he told reporters: “Obviously it has been a turbulent time for the Government.

“But the most important thing is to make sure the people of this country know they’ve got security. That’s why it’s a great honour to be appointed as Home Secretary today.

“I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the role providing the security the British people need regardless of what’s happening otherwise in Westminster.

“So I’m looking forward to getting on with the job.”

Grant Shapps has been appointed Home Secretary, Downing Street confirmed.
Grant Shapps has been appointed Home Secretary, Downing Street confirmed.

The former transport secretary had spent the Conservative Party conference earlier this month warning that Tory MPs would not “sit on their hands” in ousting Ms Truss without improvement.

The newly-appointed Home Secretary refused to answer questions from reporters as he left Downing Street, simply saying “good evening” as he walked out at around 6.15pm on Wednesday.