Rishi has pumped the brakes on launching a sleaze probe into Suella Braverman over her speeding ticket row. Downing Street just published his letter to the Home Secretary ruling out an inquiry upon the advice of his adviser Sir Laurie Magnus…
“Dear Home Secretary
Thank you for your letter and for your time discussing these matters with me. Integrity, professionalism and accountability are core values of this Government and it is right and proper that where issues are raised these are looked at professionally to ensure the appropriate course of action is taken.
I have consulted with my Independent Adviser. He has advised that on this occasion further investigation is not necessary and I have accepted that advice. On the basis of your letter and our discussion, my decision is that these matters do not amount to a breach of the Ministerial Code.
As you have recognised, a better course of action could have been taken to avoid giving rise to the perception of impropriety.
Nevertheless, I am reassured you take these matters seriously. You have provided a thorough account, apologised and expressed regret.
It is vital that all those in Government maintain the high standards the public rightly expects. I know you share this view, just as we are committed to delivering on the issues that matter to the British people – from making our streets safer and reducing net migration to stopping the boats.
Read Suella’s letter to the PM below: