Suella Braverman jokingly labelled ‘next prime minister’ as Boris Johnson prepares to resign

Attorney General Suella Braverman Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Attorney General Suella Braverman has been mocked in the House of Commons after she declared her leadership ambitions on live television.

Ms Braverman called for Mr Johnson to quit during an appearance on ITV’s Peston on Wednesday evening (July 6) and said “Yes, I will” when asked if she would stand in the Tory leadership contest.

The Cabinet minister arrived for Attorney General questions on Thursday to a loud and sustained shout of “hear, hear” from Conservative colleague Sir Desmond Swayne (New Forest West).

Shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry later said: “Can I say what an honour it is to be at this despatch box facing the next prime minister as she waits her call from the palace. A true honour.

“Although colleagues will have noticed in her list of leadership priorities last night, the Attorney General had absolutely nothing to say about tackling the epidemic of crime in our country or ending the culture of law-breaking in our Government, both of which have flourished under her watch.”

Ms Braverman replied: “I know (Ms Thornberry) loves to degrade this questions session to petty politics.

“I’m not going to lower myself to her standards, I’m here to talk about victims and what we’re doing to secure justice for vulnerable people.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to resign as Tory party leader on Thursday afternoon.