Suella Braverman is a British politician and barrister who has served as the home secretary of the United Kingdom twice, first from 6 September to 19 October 2022 under Prime Minister Liz Truss, and then from 25 October 2022 under Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. She is a member of the Conservative Party and has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Fareham since 2015.

Early life and education

Suella Braverman was born Sue-Ellen Cassiana Fernandes on 3 April 1980 in Harrow, London, to parents of Indian and Kenyan descent. She attended Heathfield School for Girls in Pinner and then Queens' College, Cambridge, where she graduated with a degree in law. She also studied at Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris and completed a master's degree in European and French law.

Braverman qualified as a barrister in 2005 and practised in London, specialising in planning, public and administrative law. She was appointed as Queen's Counsel automatically on her appointment as attorney general for England and Wales in February 2020.

Political career

Braverman joined the Conservative Party in 2005 and stood as a candidate for the London Assembly in 2008 and 2012. She also contested the seat of Leicester East in the 2010 general election, but lost to Labour's Keith Vaz.

In 2015, she was elected as the MP for Fareham, succeeding Mark Hoban. She supported Brexit in the 2016 referendum and became a prominent member of the European Research Group (ERG), a group of Eurosceptic Conservative MPs. She served as the deputy chair of the ERG from November 2016 to June 2017, and then as the chair from June 2017 to January 2018.

In January 2018, she was appointed as parliamentary under-secretary of state for exiting the European Union by Prime Minister Theresa May. However, she resigned from this position in November 2018, along with several other ministers, in protest against May's draft Brexit withdrawal agreement.

In February 2020, she was appointed as attorney general for England and Wales and advocate general for Northern Ireland by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. She held this role until September 2022, when she became home secretary under Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Braverman resigned as home secretary on 19 October 2022 after admitting that she had emailed a secret document from her personal email address to a fellow MP. She was criticised for breaching the Ministerial Code and accused of undermining national security.

She returned to the Home Office on 25 October 2022 after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reshuffled his cabinet following Truss's resignation. She is currently facing allegations that she asked civil servants to help her arrange a one-to-one speed awareness course after being caught speeding last summer.

Personal life

Braverman married Rael Braverman, a corporate lawyer, in July 2018. They have two children together. Braverman is a practising Hindu and has said that her faith influences her politics.