of prime minister He did not say whether he would launch an investigation into cabinet ministers, despite calls from Labor and the Liberal Democrats.
Asked at a G7 summit press conference in Hiroshima whether he had full confidence in Mrs. Braverman, Mr. Sunak said he did not know the “details” and had not yet spoken to her.
But he said she “expressed her regret” over the speeding.
“I don’t know the full details of what happened and I haven’t spoken to the interior minister,” Sunak said.
“You can see firsthand what I’ve been doing over the past day or so, but I understand that she expressed regret for speeding, accepted the penalty and paid the fine. increase.”
But the number 10 spokesperson later claimed that he had “of course” full confidence in the Home Secretary, responding to the message with “yes, I do”.
Mr Sunak expressed dissatisfaction when asked if he would ask ethics adviser Sir Laurie Magnus to investigate the allegations.
“Have you got any questions about Summit?” he asked, before more questions about Mrs. Braverman.
The Sunday Times reported that Mrs. Braverman had asked Interior Department aides to help organize a one-on-one driving awareness course.
Authorities refused the request, so Mrs. Braverman allegedly asked her political aide for assistance instead of attending classes with other drivers.
She was arrested for speeding outside London last summer when she was attorney general.
The paper reported that there had been numerous requests from aides to speeding awareness course providers asking senior Conservative ministers to take the course online, but to use an alias or switch off the cameras. rice field.
Mr. Braverman ultimately chose to accept three points of his driver’s license instead.
Labor Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper “The Prime Minister promised integrity, professionalism and accountability, but the Home Secretary appears to have blatantly ignored all three.
“We urgently need to investigate what’s going on here, starting with Laurie Magnus to see how this fits into the Ministerial Act.”
Lord Raleigh cannot initiate an investigation without Sunak’s approval, but violations of ministerial ordinances are often a matter of resignation.
A source close to Mrs. Braverman told PA that the speeding ticket and subsequent action had been reported to the Cabinet Office at the time.
They said she was keen to arrange the course out of concern that insurance premiums could rise.
The Sunday Times reported that she consulted officials on the matter after being appointed home secretary by Liz Truss.
Mr Braverman resigned in October after he allegedly shared classified documents with a Conservative party backventure in private emails without permission.
But Sunak reappointed her after just six days after she was ranked 10th.
Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alister Carmichael said: “Ms Suela Braverman has undergone an urgent investigation by ethics advisers, adding her name to an almost endless list of ministers who have had to undergo the same tests. should,” he said.
“Time and again we have seen Conservative politicians drag politics down the conveyor belt by ignoring the rules.
“This time Rishi Snak himself is responsible for stopping the constant headlines of vulgar scandals.”
A source close to the Home Secretary said: “Mrs Braverman accepted three points for a speeding violation last summer.
“We have notified the Cabinet Office of this matter at Mrs. Braverman’s request. She was not and is not disqualified to drive.”
Drivers may be banned from driving if they have 12 or more points on their driver’s license.
A spokesman for the Home Office said: “Mrs Braverman has admitted to speeding last summer and regrets it.”
“She got three points last year and paid the fine.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/suella-braverman-rishi-sunak-prime-minister-home-secretary-yvette-cooper-b2342845.html Rishi Sunak refuses to endorse Suela Braverman over speeding charges