In the UK, Cabinet minister Suella Braverman was sacked on Monday. Now, she has delivered a scathing resignation letter accusing Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of betraying the nation. While much of the pointed letter needs no interpretation, other parts can be read as coded messages for a leadership bid. Camilla Tominey reports.

There are plenty of killer lines in former Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s resignation letter to Rishi Sunak.

The accusation that the British Prime Minister has “manifestly and repeatedly failed to deliver on every single one” of her key policy pledges is certainly up there, along with the suggestion that he has “no appetite for doing what is necessary” to stop the boats, amounting to a “betrayal” of the British people.

And then there is the final twisting of the knife, with the assertion that the “uncertain” Prime Minister’s prevarication over the pro-Palestinian marches lacks “the qualities of leadership that this country needs”.

Yet this isn’t simply a case of a former Home Secretary exacting revenge on the Prime Minister who sacked her. It is also undoubtedly an unashamed leadership pitch.

For why else would the grassroots favourite remind everyone that Sunak was “rejected by a majority of party members during the summer leadership contest”?

NZ Herald

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