Suella Braverman speeding row dismissed as ‘trivial’

Suella Braverman addresses speeding fine controversy

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s handling of a speeding offence last summer did not breach the ministerial code and that “further investigation is not necessary”.He said he had “accepted the advice” of his independent ethics adviser, Sir Laurie Magnus.

A new poll has shown that the overwhelming majority of readers support Mr Sunak’s decision, with four in five saying she should not resign.

Ms Braverman faced pressure to leave her Cabinet position after claims were reported by The Sunday Times that she asked civil servants to help arrange a private speed awareness course.

She denied trying to “evade” punishment and said she is “confident nothing untoward happened”.

A spokesman for Ms Braverman said she regretted speeding, had accepted the points and paid the fine for the offence.

In a poll that ran from 8.30am on Tuesday, May 23, to 11am on Thursday, May 25, asked readers: “Should Suella Braverman resign over speeding ticket row?”

Overall, 14,660 readers cast their vote with the majority, 80 percent (11,768 people). answering “no” she should not. Whereas 19 percent (2,816 people) said “yes” she should resign and just one percent (76 people) said they did not know.

Hundreds of comments were left below the accompanying article as readers shared their thoughts in a lively debate.

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Many readers argued that Ms Braverman should not step down over the motoring offence. Username Gregor42 declared that it “seems a lot of fuss over nothing”.

Similarly, username Teuchtar2 said: “It would appear that a mountain is being made out of a molehill and is clearly another attempt to get a Tory Minister’s scalp.”

Another, username whateveryousay wrote: “I simply cannot understand why this high profile minister is being attacked for something as trivial as this.”

However, other readers thought that Ms Braverman should resign from his position. Username figgypud declared: “It breaches ministerial code.”

And username onthebrink agreed, commenting: “She should resign for trying to use the civil servants as her personal servants.”

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