David Lammy clashes with Julia Hartley-Brewer
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A heated exchange erupted on Thursday evening’s Question Time debate after Labour MP David Lammy had a go at the fact Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has not been tested by the electorate or even Tory party members. The remark led fellow BBC QT panellist Julia Hartley-Brewer to hit back over former Labour leader Gordon Brown’s own time in office.
Mr Lammy told the live Question Time audience: “Well, let’s be honest, Liz Truss was shocking the bar is phenomenally low. It would be very hard. Not to be moderately better.
“But I’ve got to say I’m concerned that he’s more focused on his party than the actual country.
“The truth is to wake up yet again, to stories about breaches of the ministerial code, this is on the back of Boris’s problems with the ministerial code, Priti Patel’s problems with the ministerial code, Hancock’s problem with the ministerial code it just goes on and on and on.
“This is a serious Office of State and the only reason [Suella Braverman’s] there is because she’s in the pocket of the ERG [European Research Group].
“This country is bigger than just the ultra-right of the Conservative Party.
“So I suspect he’s not going to be able to unite his policy, and by the way, he didn’t even get a mandate from his party’s members. They rejected him in the summer. They didn’t put it to them this time around because they thought they’d get rejected.
“Again, never mind a mandate for the people so I’m afraid what we need is a general election. He’s not going to cut it.
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The Prime Minister was under growing pressure over his decision to reappoint Suella Braverman in the role just six days after she was forced to resign by Liz Truss over a security breach.
Labour accused the Government of a “farcical lack of scrutiny” as Cabinet Secretary Simon Case resisted demands to open an inquiry into her rehiring.
Conservative Party chairman Nadhim Zahawi said she deserves a “second chance” after her first stint made her the shortest-serving home secretary in history.
But other Tories raised doubts, with Caroline Nokes backing opposition calls for an inquiry and Mr Zahawi’s predecessor Sir Jake Berry describing the breach as “really serious”.
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Mark Pritchard, who used to sit on Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, said a “breakdown” in trust between MI5 and Ms Braverman must be “sorted ASAP”.
His comment came after suggestions Ms Braverman had earlier been investigated by Government officials after the leaking of a story involving the security services.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman was moved to insist MI5 is confident in Ms Braverman.
“The Home Secretary continues to have strong relationships with all the operational bodies that report into the Home Office and are focused very much on keeping the country safe,” he said.
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