Suella Braverman addresses speeding fine controversy
The Prime Minister has concluded Suella Braverman will remain as Home Secretary amid opposition parties calling for an investigation and even her sacking.
The news comes after it emerged on Sunday she asked civil servants to help her avoid a group speed awareness course.
It’s reported by the Telegraph there will be no investigation into the matter by Rishi Sunak’s independent ethics advisor Sir Laurie Magnus.
Sir Laurie had been involved in discussions with Downing Street for the last 48 hours.
Asked about the row on Sunday at the G7, the Prime Minister responded: “Do you have any questions about the summit?”
The LibDems and Labour had both demanded an investigation into the story, with the Liberal Democrats Mr Sunak’s “endless dither and delay needs to end now”.
On Monday, the Home Secretary said: “I’m confident that nothing untoward has happened.”
“Last summer, I was speeding. I regret that. I paid the fine and I took the points but we’re focused now on delivering for the British people and working for them.”
A decision by Mr Sunak to allow an investigation would have risked yet more allegations that the civil service ‘blob’ is driving the government.
Amid more allegations against Mrs Braverman in the press last night, a Tory MP told the Express that civil servants are the new “enemy within”.
A former Downing Street advisor added: “The last vestiges of any sense of independence within the civil service have been obliterated”.
Further details are set to emerge.
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