Rishi Sunak made his pledge to “put integrity and honesty at the heart of how I run government and how I want to be Prime Minister” while campaigning to be Tory leader and British Prime Minister. This remark explicitly his intention to distance himself from the dishonesty, sloppiness and rule-breaking of the Johnson and Truss premierships.
Within a few hours of becoming Prime Minister he showed this pledge to be meaningless when he appointed Suella Braverman Home Secretary. Braverman had resigned from the Truss government just six days earlier after she had been guilty of a serious security lapse of sending sensitive government information through unofficial personal channels. She sent an official document from her personal email to a fellow MP, in a serious breach of ministerial rules.
Civil servants who sent a restricted document in this way would face the sack, even potential prosecution and jail. As for Braverman, she was given her job back within the week.
Rishi Sunak pledge to govern with “integrity and honesty”’ was proven false within hours of taking office on October 26th.
We emailed Rishi Sunak’s office, the Cabinet Office and the No 10 Press Office offering them the chance to respond. The email was received by his office, but no reply.