Sunak backs Braverman over civil servant speeding fine request

UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman has come under fire after allegedly asking civil servants to help her avoid a speeding fine. However, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has defended her, stating that she has “expressed regret, accepted the penalty and paid the fine”. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has not ordered an ethics inquiry into Braverman’s conduct but has not confirmed whether he has full confidence in her. The allegations suggest that Braverman asked officials to help her avoid attending an in-person or online course where her name could be seen by other drivers. Civil servants refused the request and reported the matter to the Cabinet Office. Braverman instead turned to a political aide to try to arrange the course without revealing her identity. Completing the course would have meant the home secretary avoided points on her licence. The requests were refused, and Braverman later chose to avoid the course completely by paying the fine and accepting three penalty points on her driving licence. Labour and the Liberal Democrats have called for an inquiry into events by the prime minister’s adviser on ministerial interests, Sir Laurie Magnus.