Suella Braverman is a British politician who served as Home Secretary from September 2022 to October 2022. She is the first person of Indian origin to hold this position. She was previously Attorney General for England and Wales from September 2021 to September 2022.
Braverman was born in London to Indian parents who had immigrated to the UK from Kenya and Mauritius. She studied law at Cambridge University and Queen Mary University of London, and worked as a barrister before entering politics.
Braverman was educated at Heathfield School in London and studied law at Queens’ College, Cambridge, after which she completed a master’s degree in European and French law at Pantheon-Sorbonne University.
She married Rael Braverman in 2018 and her maternity leave famously brought about an overdue legal change last year to allow her to remain a Cabinet minister while away to give birth to their second child.
Braverman was elected to the House of Commons in 2015, representing the Conservative Party constituency of Fareham. She was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union in 2018, and then Attorney General for England and Wales in 2021.
In September 2022, Braverman was appointed Home Secretary by Prime Minister Liz Truss. However, she resigned just 43 days later, following a security breach in which she sent an official email from her personal account.
In October 2022, Braverman was reappointed Home Secretary by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. However, she was sacked again in November 2022, following reports that she had breached the ministerial code by sharing sensitive government information with a Conservative MP.
Braverman is a controversial figure, and her sacking twice within a year has been met with mixed reactions. Some have praised her for her strong stance on immigration and crime, while others have criticized her for her lack of experience and her tendency to make controversial statements.
Regardless of one’s opinion of Braverman, she is undoubtedly a significant figure in British politics. She is the first person of Indian origin to hold the position of Home Secretary, and her rise to prominence is a testament to the changing face of Britain.