UK home secretary Suella Braverman is fighting for her political life as she faces accusations of breaking the law over the government’s treatment of asylum seekers.
Rishi Sunak, the prime minister, is under increasing pressure to fire Braverman, who earlier admitted she had used her personal email seven times to handle documents about government business.
Braverman is under intense scrutiny about the crisis at an immigration processing centre at Manston in Kent, where conditions were described as “wretched” last week by David Neal, chief inspector of borders and immigration.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper told Braverman in the House of Commons yesterday that her failure to heed legal advice about the prolonged detention of migrants at Manston had led to dangerous overcrowding and outbreaks of disease, including diphtheria.
Cooper suggested the home secretary’s refusal to adopt contingency plans to ease the overcrowding, including at a meeting on October 19 — the same day she admitted wrongly using her private email for government business — amounted to her knowingly “breaking the law”.
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(Source: FT, Nov. 1-2022)