Image above: Ruth Cadbury MP
Suella Braverman’s comments in The Times “fuelling divisions among communities”
Ruth Cadbury has slammed Home Secretary Suella Braverman for an article she has written describing the Metropolitan Police as “playing favourties” when it comes to the force handling protests.
In the article, which she wrote for The Times, the Home Secretary wrote that officers were guilty of “double standards” and “played favourites when it comes to demonstrators.”
There has been a widespread backlash to Suella Braverman’s comments and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak under increasing pressure to sack her.
In a post on X (formerly Twitter) the MP for Brentford & Isleworth described the Home Secretary as:
“undermining our police chiefs, attacking their operational independence & fuelling divisions among communities.”
There is a large Pro-Palestinian march planned for Saturday (11 November) and there have been fears expressed that the Armistice Day remembrance ceremony could be disrupted.
Suella Braverman said:
“I do not believe that these marches are merely a cry for help for Gaza.
“They are an assertion of primacy by certain groups – particularly Islamists – of the kind we are more used to seeing in Northern Ireland.
“Also, disturbingly reminiscent of Ulster are the reports that some of Saturday’s march group organisers have links to terrorist groups, including Hamas.”
Image above: Suella Braverman; photograph UK Government
Home Secretary “using her position as Home Secretary to audition to be the next Conservative leader”
Earlier in Parliament, Yvette Cooper, the Shadow Home Secretary accused the Home Secretary of: “picking fights with the police for headlines” and “running an endless Tory leadership campaign.”
Ruth Cadbury echoed Yvette Cooper’s comments on her ‘X’ post, saying:
“She is using her position as Home Secretary to audition to be the next Conservative leader. Yet Rishi Sunak is too weak to sack her.”
On Sunday, the Football Lads against Extremism group has promised to “protect the Cenotaph” and has urged fans to stand “shoulder to shoulder.” They have asked football fans not to come “tooled up” as “we’re better than that.”
Other football fan groups have said they have coaches of people coming to London this Sunday for the proceedings that take place in Whitehall.
In a statement the Football Lads Alliance group (thought to be directly linked to Football Lads against Extremism) has said that:
“Suella Braverman has a chance to show the country and the taxpayers that the police are still answerable to her, and not merely a private army at the beck and call, of a a man deemed to be a threat to National Security, to use for his own political gain.”
This is thought to be aimed at Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan who said the comments made by Suella Braverman were: “irresponsible, stokes divisions, in danger of dividing communities, reinforces stereotypes and makes sweeping generalisations.
“There are some amongst us who are trying to sow the seeds of division. The far-Right are now organising on Armistice Day. They do encourage violence. They are anti-Islamic. We have seen a massive increase in anti-Semitism but also an increase in Islamophobia.
“The job of politicians like the Home Secretary, myself and the Prime Minister is to support the police in doing their job but also address people’s fears rather than play on them. I am afraid the Home Secretary is playing on the fears of the Jewish community rather than addressing them.”
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