As Rishi Sunak continues to evaluate whether or not to request a probe into Suella Braverman’s behavior, a Cabinet minister has pleaded for patience and said that the Prime Minister is acting “fairly.”
In reaction to accusations made against the Home Secretary, Mr. Sunak has come under fire from Labour. However, Justice Secretary Alex Chalk told broadcasters on Wednesday that high standards in government also included “proper standards of process.”
In response to reports that the Home Secretary asked officials to assist set up a special speed awareness course for her, Downing Street stated on Tuesday that the Prime Minister was still “looking at all the requisite information.”
Ms. Braverman is charged with violating the ministerial code by soliciting government employees paid with tax dollars for help with a personal concern.
According to the Home Secretary, she did “nothing untoward.”
She paid a fee and received penalty points for admitting to speeding.
Ms. Braverman did not, however, dispute requesting for assistance from officials in order to set up a one-on-one speed awareness training rather than enrolling with other drivers in the program that enables those with minor infractions to avoid receiving points on their licenses.
Mr. Chalk used passages from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations to support the strategy used by his close ally Mr. Sunak.
“Rely solely on the evidence and disregard appearances. No better regulation exists, he told LBC.
He told the program that he had a “professional, collaborative” relationship with the Home Secretary and that the Prime Minister was acting in the best interests of the country.
“These things have to be taken in stages. The Prime Minister is absolutely on this. He’s considering it fairly. And let’s see where that goes.”
The Justice Secretary’s comments, which appeared to criticize a party colleague, were also quoted in the Times newspaper.
“I don’t know all the facts about this specific case, or precisely what was alleged and precisely what took place in that case. In my view, no-one is above the law.”
Last summer, Mr. Chalk resigned from his position as Solicitor General in the Boris Johnson administration, citing doubts about the Government’s capacity to meet “standards of candor.” Those questions were directed at him when he appeared on GMB.
He told the programme: “I expect high standards, but part of the standards I expect is proper standards of process.
“So I would think it was wrong if a Prime Minister who is charged with considering some of these issues to do so in a way that was hasty, on the basis of emotion, on the basis of instinct, without having looked at the evidence, because that does a profound disservice to the British people.”