Nick Robinson leaves minister flustered as he questions Suella Braverman’s Cabinet return

James Cleverly was interviewed by Nick Robinson about the reappointment of Suella Braverman (Picture: BBC Radio 4 Today programme)

James Cleverly was interviewed by Nick Robinson about the reappointment of Suella Braverman (Picture: BBC Radio 4 Today programme)

James Cleverly was interviewed by Nick Robinson about the reappointment of Suella Braverman (Picture: BBC Radio 4 Today programme)

Nick Robinson posed in james shrewdly on the reappointment of Suella Braverman as interior secretary, less than a week after her dismissal.

Braverman was brought back to cabinet under the new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak Tuesday, although he left the same role for a security breach last Wednesday.

As the host of BBC Radio 4’s Today program pointed out, Sunak promised in his first speech as Prime Minister that his government would demonstrate “integrity, professionalism and accountability at all levels “.

Questioning Foreign Secretary Cleverly, Robinson asked: “Did Suella Braverman, when she was Home Secretary, show integrity, professionalism and accountability?”

“Well Suella made a mistake and she apologized for that mistake,” Cleverly replied.

He claimed she still had experience in the Home Office, and “it’s clear the Prime Minister wants to make sure the ministry delivers on its promises from day one”.

Robinson just repeated her question, adding: ‘When she sent private practice documents to her personal email account, forwarded them to a Tory backbench MP and then wasn’t completely honest about what ‘she had done?

“Well, look, I don’t know all the details – you’re making statements there that I can’t confirm,” the chief minister replied.

Robinson suggested the Minister had read them in The Sunday Times, as he did.

“I know what was written but I can’t say, I can’t say, what happened or didn’t happen,” Cleverly replied.

“Wait, Mr Cleverly, a week ago the then prime minister said she [Braverman] violated the departmental code.

“And you address me as if I were talking about gossip and speculation. She quit for breaking the rules, so I ask a question: did she show integrity?

“She said she made a mistake, she apologized, she quit.”

The host repeated his question one more time, and this time Cleverly said “yes,” claiming that Sunak had just accepted Braverman’s apology.

Robinson pushed, “You said she showed integrity, which people will be interested in, just apologizing.

“Let me tell you this before we get into politics – no one in a business, no one in a public service, no one listening in a school or hospital who broke the rules of their job would think that just by apologizing , they could be renewed a week later.

“Can you think of a single example of this in normal life?”

When Cleverly again dodged the question, Robinson asked, “Can you think of an example of someone, from your normal life, returning to a job they were fired from a week later?”

“People make mistakes,” replied the foreign minister. “No one is going to work with the intention of making a mistake.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.

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