Nadhim Zahawi defends Suella Braverman as Home Secretary
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Under Liz Truss’s premiership, Suella Braverman resigned as Home Secretary for sending sensitive government information to a backbench MP and his wife via her personal email address. Rishi Sunak reappointed her back to the role days later when he arrived in Number 10, sparking a row over security. Tory MPs Mark Pritchard, Stephen McPartland, Caroline Nokes and Jake Berry publicly raised concerns about her return alongside all opposition parties. A former Conservative minister in the Home Office told The Times: “You can’t even have the vague notion that you might leak because then all the security services will clam up on you — which is not what you need.” However, responding to claims that MI5 could withhold information from Ms Braverman, a security source said: “This is completely untrue. The home secretary and MI5 have a strong and trusted working relationship. She will continue to receive regular intelligence briefings, as was the case when the home secretary was in post previously and with other home secretaries.”
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Up to the King whether he attends the Cop27 summit
Cabinet minister Therese Coffey has said it is up to the King whether he attends the Cop27 summit in Egypt.
The Environment Secretary told Sky News: “I’m conscious that King Charles has always taken a very deep interest in the environment and climate change.
“Of course, it would be up to him to decide how he chooses where to put his priorities in his reign as King.”
Asked if she would like to see him attend Cop27, she said: “I think it’s up to him. I know that he takes an interest in this particular issue, but it’s up to him.”
She added: “Normally the big Cops tend to be every five years.
“The United Kingdom hosted that last year where we had attendance for many members of the royal family, but in between it tends to be more of a – I’m not going to say low key – but not quite the same level of heads of state and prime ministers attending.”
Therese Coffey defends Sunak’s decision not to go to COP27
Environment Secretary Therese Coffey has defended Rishi Sunak’s decision not to attend COP27 by saying the “big political” summits take place every five years.
She insisted the climate issue is “very much a priority” for the new Government despite climate minister Graham Stuart and COP26 President Alok Sharma being stripped of their Cabinet seats.
“The big push happened last year in Glasgow,” she told Sky News.
“I am not aware of, say, President Biden or President Macron or any of those other people will be there. It is quite standard practice that every five years is the big political gathering.”
She said “several senior Government ministers” will be attending the summit in Egypt next month.
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