Tuesday’s tense Cabinet meeting will feature Rishi Sunak as the pressure mounts on the prime minister to order an ethics investigation into how the home secretary handled a speeding ticket.
It comes after Suella Braverman was interrogated by MPs in the Commons on allegations that she requested her employees to help her avoid a speeding ticket, according to a report in The Sunday Times.
Insisting that she had done “nothing wrong,” Ms. Braverman said. She acknowledged speeding, paid the fine, and did not dispute asking for assistance from officials to try to set up a private speed awareness training.
According to reports, the prime minister is taking into account correspondence in which members of Whitehall voiced their worries to the Cabinet Office’s propriety and ethics unit regarding Ms. Braverman’s request for assistance.
According to The Times, the Cabinet Office ethics team instructed officials to ignore the home secretary’s request for assistance.
The publication further asserted that the emails prove Ms. Braverman gave them instructions to plan the course rather than simply seeking guidance, as her backers had maintained.
The home secretary denied attempting to “evade” penalty for the offense of speeding.
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