The Home Secretary Priti Patel has resigned which comes as the new Prime Minister Liz Truss is to appoint a new Cabinet on Tuesday.
Writing to the outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson Patel said from the backbenches she will now “champion many of the policies and causes I have stood up for.”
It is widely expected that Suella Braverman will take over as the new Home Secretary when Liz Truss becomes the next Prime Minister on Tuesday.
In a letter to Boris Johnson, Patel said, “It has been the honour of my life to serve our country as home secretary for the last three years and to deliver on our commitments to back and reform our police, stand up for the hard-working law-abiding majority, reform our immigration and asylum system, and fight terrorism.
“Your support over this period has delivered an unparalleled package of reforms and investment.”
Speaking about policies and the Rwanda deportation scheme, Patel added, “It is vital that your successor backs all aspects of these policies on illegal migration to ensure the full implementation and delivery of the New Plan for Immigration and Nationality and Borders Act.
“As we know, there is no single solution to this huge challenge and the Government must tackle the full spectrum of issues to halt the illegal entry of migrants to the UK.”
She added, “I congratulate Liz Truss on being elected our new leader, and will give her my support as our new prime minister.
“It is my choice to continue my public service to the country and the Witham constituency from the backbenchers, once Liz formally assumes office and a new home secretary is appointed.
“From the backbenches, I will champion many of the policies I have stood up for both inside and outside government.”