Yvette Cooper says government is 'falling apart at the seams' as Suella Braverman resigns

The Shadow Home Secretary raised a point of order in the House of Commons amid reports of security concerns being behind Suella Braverman’s removal

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Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said the government is "falling apart at the seams".

The Shadow Home Secretary raised a point of order in the House of Commons amid reports of security concerns being behind Suella Braverman’s removal as Home Secretary.

Addressing the Commons, Cooper said: “This Tory Government is falling apart at the seams. To appoint and then sack both your Home Secretary and Chancellor within six weeks is utter chaos. This is no way to run a government.

“Suella Braverman has admitted breaching security procedures which raises serious questions.

“There are also reports of major disputes about policy and we have had weeks of disagreements. We need an urgent statement from the Prime Minister.

“Home affairs, security and public safety are too important for this kind of chaos.

“The problems go beyond one home secretary. If the Conservatives can’t even manage the basics they need to get out of the way and hand over to people who can.

“The public doesn’t need changes at the top of the Tory party, it needs a Labour government.”

Suella Braverman criticised Liz Truss’s “tumultuous” premiership as she quit as Home Secretary.
Suella Braverman criticised Liz Truss’s “tumultuous” premiership as she quit as Home Secretary.

Suella Braverman criticised Liz Truss’s “tumultuous” premiership as she quit as Home Secretary.

Braverman told Ms Truss she had made a “technical infringement” of the rules by sending an official document from a personal email and was now taking responsibility.

“I have made a mistake; I accept responsibility; I resign,” she wrote in a barely-coded dig at the Prime Minister whose disastrous mini-budget sparked financial turmoil.

In her resignation letter, she added: “The business of government relies upon people accepting responsibility for their mistakes.

“Pretending we haven’t made mistakes, carrying on as if everyone can’t see that we have made them, and hoping that things will magically come right is not serious politics.

“It is obvious to everyone that we are going through a tumultuous time.”

Ms Braverman, a former contender for the Tory leadership, also said she has “concerns about the direction of this Government”, warning that ministers have “broken key pledges” to voters.