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Joe Lycett reacts to Suella Braverman's sacking

The comedian tweeted a simple burn directed at the former Home Secretary as news broke she had been removed from her position in he government.

Joe Lycett and Suella Braverman (Getty)
Joe Lycett has reacted to news of Suella Braverman's sacking. (Getty Images)

Joe Lycett has won praise for his reaction to the news that Suella Braverman has been sacked as Home Secretary.

The former presenter of The Great British Sewing Bee shared a simple but affective dig on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

Lycett simply wrote: "Being unemployed is a lifestyle choice."

The left wing comedian and political activist was referring to the former government minister’s controversial recent comment that homeless people who live in tents on city streets were making a “lifestyle choice”.

Stand-up comedian Lycett reacted to her comment by starting a campaign to raise money for homelessness charity Crisis.

Suella Braverman MP  during the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph on November 12, 2023 in London, England. Every year, members of the British Royal family join politicians, veterans and members of the public to remember those who have died in combat. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Suella Braverman has been sacked as Home Secretary for her comments about the pro-Palestinian protests over Armistice weekend. (Getty Images)

Sharing a picture of a bowl of potpourri on Instagram he wrote: "My old friend Suella Braverman has described rough sleeping as a ‘lifestyle choice’. I always thought lifestyle choices were things such as cargo pants, fishing and decorating your bathroom with a bowl of potpourri.

"Let’s see if this image I found on google described as ‘Wooden Botanical Fragrant Potpourri Bowl With Lemon’ can raise £50,000 for homelessness charity @crisis_uk"

He later revealed he had surpassed the target of £50,000 and thanked Braverman.

He revealed: “I woke up this morning to see that a picture of a bowl of potpourri I posted just over two days ago has raised £50,000 for Crisis. A huge thank you to everyone who donated for their generosity.

“Of course my main thanks must go to Suella: without your lifestyle choice, of being callous and cruel towards the most vulnerable people in society, none of this would’ve happened.”

Suella Braverman sacking

James Cleverly has been appointed home secretary, after Suella Braverman was sacked over her controversial comments ahead of planned pro-Palestine protests around Armistice weekend.

Braverman has said in a statement: "It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve as home secretary.

Joe Lycett attends the
Joe Lycett thanked Suella Braverman for helping him raise over £50,000 for homelessness charity Crisis. (Getty Images)

"I will have more to say in due course."

Joe Lycett and politics

Lycett has become as famous for his political protests as he is for his comedy.

In 2022 he called out David Beckham's support of the Qatar World Cup by pretending to shred £10,000 in protest - although he later revealed he had donated the money to LGBTQ+ charities.

And in 2020 he changed his name to Hugo Boss in an act of protest against the fashion brand.

Lycett shared the official deed poll changing his name to match that of the German fashion brand's treatment of small business who use the word 'boss' on social media.

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Watch: Joe Lycett raises thousands for homelessness charity thanks to Suella Braverman