Suella Braverman’s controversial plan to ban sleepers from using tents will no longer come into force, Downing St confirms

SUELLA Braverman’s controversial plan to ban homeless people from sleeping in tents will no longer come into force, No10 confirmed today.

The ousted former home secretary sparked outrage in the House of Commons after her crackdown on tents was leaked and she claimed rough sleeping was a “lifestyle choice”.

Suella Barverman's plans to ban homeless people from sleeping in tents have been officially scrapped by No 10


Suella Barverman’s plans to ban homeless people from sleeping in tents have been officially scrapped by No 10Photo credit: Alamy

Under Ms. Braverman’s plan, it would be illegal for charities to distribute tents to people sleeping on the streets.

She wanted the policy to become part of the Criminal Justice Bill announced in the King’s Speech last week.

However, Rishi Sunak refused to explicitly support the idea, claiming discussions over the policy were still ongoing.

The Prime Minister also refused to agree with Ms Braverman’s “lifestyle choice” comment.


Today No10 confirmed the idea has been officially scrapped.

A spokesman for Mr Sunak said: “It will not be included in the Criminal Justice Act.

“I am not aware of any plans to roll it out elsewhere.”

Ms Braverman had said: “We will always support those who are truly homeless.”

“We cannot allow our streets to be taken over by rows of tents filled with people, many of whom come from abroad and live their lives on the streets of their own free will.”

It comes as allies of the former home secretary claim she is prepared to publish a “dossier of failure” in preventing illegal Channel crossings.

The sacked former home secretary is in possession of explosive evidence which exposes failings in Number 10’s ‘Stop the Boats’ policy.

The devastating retaliation could be overturned after Supreme Court justices deliver their verdict at 10am tomorrow on whether the deportation plan from Rwanda is legal.

Whitehall is prepared for the wave after Ms Braverman said she would “have more to say in due course” following the announcement of her dismissal.

John Verrall

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