When asked about Suella Braverman’s parking fine controversy during a G7 summit, Rishi Sunak responded in eight words.
The BBC’s political editor Chris Mason asked the Prime Minister about reports Home Secretary Suella Braverman sought advice from civil servants about arranging a private speed awareness course. Sunak responded: “Did you have a question about the summit?”
Mrs. Braverman, according to a government source, did not violate the ministerial code.
After initially asking the reporter if he had any questions about the G7, he says he realizes Braverman apologised for speeding and paid the charge.
According to the BBC, a Downing Street official said after the news conference that Sunak has “of course” faith in Braverman.
It had earlier been reported that Labour urged the Prime Minister to launch an investigation into the claims she had tried to dodge the fine.
After being caught speeding last summer while attempting to evade accepting endorsements, the Home Secretary allegedly requested that Home Office staff assist in organising a one-to-one driving awareness course.
Civil workers are believed to have denied the alleged request, but Braverman is also accused of enlisting the help of a political adviser in attempting to create an alternative to attending a course with other motorists.
According to the Sunday Times, an aide asked a speeding awareness course provider a variety of questions, including whether the senior Conservative minister could take an online course but use an alias or have her camera turned off.
These ideas are alleged to have been turned down, with Braverman deciding to accept the three points on her licence rather than take the course. Some have denied these charges, claiming she simply asked officials for help on how to conduct a driving awareness training.