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Community allies tipped as favourites to replace Amber Rudd as Home Secretary

Both Sajid Javid and Michael Gove have proven themselves to be staunch campaigners against antisemitism. James Brokenshire also said to be highly favoured.

    Sajid Javid and Michael Gove – two staunch campaigners against growing antisemitism in the UK and abroad  – are being heavily tipped as possible replacements for Amber Rudd ,who quit as Home Secretary on Sunday evening.

    Ms Rudd was forced to resign from government  after admitting she misled parliament over Home Office deportation targets in the fallout from the Windrush scandal.

    Mr Javid, the current Communities Secretary, was immediately made bookies’ favourite for the post.

    He has repeatedly spoken out about antisemitism, both within the Labour Party and in wider society, over recent months and led the Commons debate on antisemitism earlier this month.

    On Sunday, in a well-timed interview prior to the sudden departure of Ms Rudd, Mr Javid spoke of his personal upset over the Windrush scandal, saying: “It could have been me, my mum or my dad.”

    Mr Gove, the current Environment Secretary, has also been vocal in his attacks on those who hold antisemitic views and is known for his pro-Israel stance.

    Performing well in his current brief, Mr Gove once clashed bitterly with Prime Minister Theresa May during the coalition government in a furious briefing war over her performance at the Home Office.

    A further outside tip to replace Ms Rudd is James Brokenshire - who also has good relations with the community having met with the Board of Deputies and  Jewish Leadership Council  while Security Minister.

    But Mr Brokenshire, who became Northern Ireland Secretary, was forced to leave the Cabinet after being diagnosed with lung cancer. After surgery to remove the tumour, it is not known if he is fit enough yet for the Home Secretary role.

    Ms Rudd had won many friends in the community for enthusiastic support and her decisive action over issues such as funding for the Community Security Trust and a crackdown on far-right group National Action, which is now a proscribed organisation.

    In a statement on their Twitter page the CST thanked Ms Rudd for her support "for the Jewish community and our crucial work protecting our community during your time as Home Secretary."

     

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