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UK interior minister Braverman: I made a mistake, I resign

LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – British interior minister Suella Braverman said on Wednesday she had resigned after sending an official document from her personal email in a “technical infringement” of government rules.

“I have made a mistake, I accept responsibility; I resign,” she said in letter to Prime Minister Liz Truss posted on Twitter. Braverman also said she had “serious concerns” about the government’s commitment to honouring commitments it made to voters at the last election.

There is speculation that Grant Shapps, the former transport secretary who strongly backed Rishi Sunak in the Conservative leadership race, will replace Braverman in another sudden revamp of Truss’s government.

The prime minister, who had been due to visit a defence technology company on Wednesday afternoon and do a TV clip, spoke to Braverman at a meeting in the House of Commons, sources said.

She added: “The business of government relies upon people accepting responsibility for their mistakes.

“Pretending we haven’t made mistakes, carrying on as if everyone can’t see that we have made them, and hoping that things will magically come right is not serious politics.”

Ms Braverman was only appointed by Ms Truss 43 days ago.

The latest cabinet departure follows the sacking of chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng last Friday and the axing of the majority of the government’s mini-budget on Monday by new chancellor Jeremy Hunt.

Ms Braverman was seen entering Number 10 at around 1pm this afternoon, leaving around half an hour later.

The Liberal Democrats described Ms Braverman’s exit as the latest in a “carousel of Conservative chaos”.

“This is a government in chaos. People should not be forced to watch the Conservative party implode day after day while real people suffer,” Lib Dem home affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said.

“There is a cost of living catastrophe, health service crisis and now a rudderless Home Office.

“The only solution now is a general election so the public can get off this carousel of Conservative chaos.”

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