British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday fired Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who drew anger for accusing police of being too lenient with pro-Palestinian protesters.
According to a source in the prime minister’s office, Mr Sunak had asked Ms Braverman to leave the government, and she had accepted.
The Conservative Party said Mr Sunak is carrying out a wider reshuffle, which “strengthens his team in government to deliver long-term decisions for a brighter future.”
However, sacking one of the leading figures on the party’s right could pose difficulties for the prime minister as he seeks to unite his party behind him and get ready for a general election expected in 2024.
Editor’s Note: The headline was updated to more accurately reflect why Ms Braverman was asked to step down from office.