Suella Braverman sacked after row over pro-Palestine march and violence at the Cenotaph

Suella Braverman has been sacked this morning after she published a rant attacking the pro-Palestine marches last week.

It has since been announced that David Cameron has been appointed as next Foreign Secretary, as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak begins an emergency cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Sunak sacked Ms Braverman from her post as Home Secretary after she sparked outrage last week for claiming the Met’s favoritism had stopped far right protests but allow the pro-Palestine march to take place on Saturday.

Downing Street did not approve the final article that was published in The Times, with Mr Sunak’s corrections allegedly ignored.

She also was heavily criticised for comments in which she said homelessness was a “lifestyle choice”.

Women held a sign calling for a ceasefire at the protest on Saturday (Picture: Claudia Lee)

In response to Ms Braverman’s criticism, Met chief Sir Mark Rowley said the protest could only be stopped if there was a threat of serious disorder, and that the “very high threshold” had not been reached.

On Saturday, the Met estimated around 300,000 people joined the march in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, although organisers said around 800,000 attended, which started in Hyde Park and ended outside the US embassy in Nine Elms.

In the lead up to Saturday’s protest that saw largely peaceful protestors take to the streets of Westminster calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, Ms Braverman continued to back up her tirade against demonstrations, describing them as “hate marches” that were “polluted by violence and antisemitism”.

But, when far right counter-protesters turned up on the day, threatening violence and causing scuffles with police at the Cenotaph during Remembrance Day, Ms Braverman only condemned “protesters and counter-protesters”.

Protestors waving Palestinian flags as they watched the demonstration pass through (Picture: Tom Lee)

After being sacked Ms Braverman has assured her supporters that she will “have more to say”.

There was a peaceful but defiant atmosphere as people marched through the streets waving Palestinian flags and calling for an end to the bombing on Gaza.

Violence between counter-protestors and police broke out in several locations, including in Pimlico and Chinatown.

Protestors paused for speeches and pictures as a stream of supporters swelled in the streets (Picture: Tom Lee)

A total of 145 people were arrested across the day, including members of far-right groups.

Offences included assault, possession of weapons, criminal damage, public order, inciting racial hatred and possession of drugs.

Seven charges have followed, including, John Harvey, 75, of Pamela Street, Hackney, who was charged with criminal damage and Ethan Stapely, 23, of Bradwell, Norfolk, who was charged with resisting arrest, who will both appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today.

Taylor Warne, 21, of Hastingleigh, Kent, was charged with possession of class A drugs.  James Buckley, 42, of Manchester, was charged with possession of an offensive weapon. William Duncan, 48, of Armadale, West Lothian, was charged with being drunk and disorderly. Karl Jordan, 47, of Burlington Lane, Hounslow, was charged with assault on an emergency worker. They have all been bailed and will appear at the same court on November 30.

A man holds a sign that reads “lest we forget ‘Armistice’ means peace ! Ceasefire in Gaza now!” (Picture: Claudia Lee)

Sam Fairclough, 33, of Buckley, Flintshire, was charged with possession of an offensive weapon and bailed to appear at Westminster court on December 1.

Deputy assistant commissioner, Laurence Taylor, said: “Public order policing doesn’t end when demonstrators go home.

“We have teams of officers who continue to build cases against those in custody and launch investigations into those who come to our attention when images and videos are shared on social media.

“Since the end of the demonstration we’ve published appeals in relation to six incidents and I have no doubt there will be more to follow.

“We urge anyone who has information about the identity of suspects, or who has footage or photos of further potential offences, to get in touch so we can take the appropriate action.”

Pictured top: Suella Braverman during the Remembrance service yesterday at the Cenotaph, in Whitehall (Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA)

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