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Former Home Secretary Suella Braverman struck a blow in opposition to Jeremy Hunt, after claiming she needed to bodily “chase” the Chancellor down a hall to debate immigration.

During an interview with comedians-turned-online political pundits Konstantin Kisin and Francis Foster, Ms Braverman stated that the Government had did not slash internet migration as a consequence of “political resistance”, mainly from the Treasury.

“For my part, I have been very eager to deliver on that policy – to lower net migration – and technically it’s very easy to do”, she stated.

The MP for Fareham added: “You just have to take an administrative and executive decision to do it.”

Ms Braverman, who has since been changed by James Cleverly within the Home Office, stated she “had the hope” she would have the ability to scale back internet migration – which was 672,000 within the yr to June 2023 – nonetheless, she added that she was “met with a lot of resistance around the cabinet table”.

“The prime minister didn’t want to engage on this subject and didn’t want to deliver on it.”

When requested why that was the case, she stated that cupboard members themselves must reply that themselves.

Incredibly, the Brexit-championing MP claimed that she needed to bodily chase Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to pressure him to hearken to her arguments for decreasing internet migration – a key Tory pledge going again to David Cameron’s authorities, the place he dedicated to decreasing the determine to the “tens of thousands”.

“It was reported at the time that I was having to chase the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt down the corridor in my efforts to persuade him and sit him down to have the discussion – that was true, that did happen.”

She added that it “illustrates that ministers didn’t want to talk about” migration and that the “orthodoxy” within the Treasury was that extra “economic units” coming in – migrants arriving – was good for the financial system.

Ms Braverman advised Mr Kisin and Mr Foster that she “disputed” that evaluation.