British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak faced mounting pressure on Sunday after Home Secretary Suella Braverman was reappointed, despite her resignation over a security breach.
Mr Sunak reinstated Mrs Braverman as Home Secretary when he became Prime Minister just days after she left the short-lived government of Pastor Liz Truss.
Opposition Labor MP Yvette Cooper criticized Sunak’s “irresponsible” reappointment of Braverman to the position responsible for homeland security issues, also telling Sky News there were questions about possible other security breaches by Braverman.
“It really shows the huge error of judgment that Rishi Sunak made in reappointing someone just six days after she broke the ministerial code due to security vulnerabilities,” said Ms Cooper.
“National security is too important for this kind of chaos, confusion and really irresponsible decision making.”
Ms Cooper spoke after Labor leader Keir Starmer said on Friday that Sunak should fire Suella Braverman, calling it “the strong point to do”.
Ms Braverman is seen as representing the far right Tory MPs. She has enthusiastically supported a plan to send migrants arriving illegally to the UK to Rwanda.
She had reportedly rowed with Ms. Truss about immigration policy, but quit due to a security breach: sending a sensitive document to her private email account and then forwarding it.
Mr Sunak has insisted that Ms Braverman acknowledge her mistake and take responsibility.
Mr Sunak ally Michael Gove, who has returned to the job he did under Boris Johnson’s premiership as “levelling” minister, defended Mrs Braverman on Sunday as a “first-class politician”.
He told Sky News that Ms Braverman is “working hard to ensure that our borders can be made more secure and that the police are more effective”.
Mr Gove told the UKTN it was his “understanding” that Mrs Braverman was quick to properly report the incident, while the broadcaster reported that an email had been received from Braverman asking the recipient: “Can you delete and ignore?”
Mr Gove insisted that such a message would be “standard practice”.
The scandal came when the Mail on Sunday published an unconfirmed report that Truss’ personal phone had been hacked by suspected Kremlin agents while she was serving as secretary of state.
Gove told Sky he didn’t know if the story was true, but insisted: “We take security issues incredibly seriously”.
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