41 Facts About Suella Braverman

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Sue-Ellen Cassiana "Suella" Braverman is a British barrister and politician who has been Home Secretary since September 2022.

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Suella Braverman has been the member of parliament for Fareham since 2015.

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Suella Braverman subsequently supported Liz Truss's bid to become Conservative leader.

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Suella Braverman was born in Harrow, Greater London, and raised in Wembley.

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5.

Suella Braverman is the daughter of Uma and Christie Fernandes, both of Indian origin, who emigrated to Britain in the 1960s from Mauritius and Kenya respectively.

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Suella Braverman's mother, of Hindu Tamil Mauritian descent, was a nurse and a councillor in Brent, as well as the Conservative candidate in Tottenham in the 2001 general election and the 2003 Brent East by-election.

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Suella Braverman is the niece of Mahen Kundasamy, a former Mauritian High Commissioner to London.

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Suella Braverman attended the Uxendon Manor Primary School in Brent and the fee-paying Heathfield School, Pinner, on a partial scholarship, after which she read law at Queens' College, Cambridge.

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Suella Braverman lived in France for two years, as an Erasmus Programme student and then as an Entente Cordiale Scholar, where she completed a master's degree in European and French law at Pantheon-Sorbonne University.

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10.

Suella Braverman worked in litigation including the judicial review "basics" for a government practitioner of immigration and planning law.

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11.

Suella Braverman was appointed to the Attorney General's C panel of counsel, the entry level, undertaking basic government cases, in 2010.

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12.

Suella Braverman's name was already on the list of Conservative parliamentary candidates at the time of the 2003 Brent East by-election, and she had to be persuaded not to seek the nomination.

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13.

Suella Braverman sought selection as the Conservative candidate in Bexhill and Battle, but was unsuccessful, and was eventually selected to be the Conservative candidate in Fareham.

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14.

Suella Braverman sought election to the London Assembly at the 2012 Assembly elections and was placed fourth on the Conservative London-wide list; only the first three Conservative candidates were elected.

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15.

Suella Braverman was elected to the House of Commons as the MP for Fareham in 2015 with 56.

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16.

Suella Braverman has taken a particular interest in education, home affairs and justice and has written for The Daily Telegraph, Bright Blue, i News, HuffPost, Brexit Central and ConservativeHome.

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17.

From 2015 to 2017, Suella Braverman was a member of the Education Select Committee and the Education, Skills and the Economy Sub-Committee.

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18.

Suella Braverman chaired the all-party parliamentary group on Financial Education for Young People from September 2016 to May 2017.

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19.

Suella Braverman was a commissioner on the Social Market Foundation Commission on Inequality in Education, a cross-party initiative examining the causes and effects of inequality in education at primary and secondary levels in England and Wales.

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20.

Suella Braverman joined the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme in 2016, graduating from the scheme in 2017.

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21.

Suella Braverman opened a Westminster Hall debate in the House of Commons on the failings of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and has chaired meetings with the Trust's executives along with other MPs on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hampshire in which instances of poor care quality and the deaths of patients were investigated.

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Suella Braverman was a member of the panel of an inquiry, led by the think-tank British Future, to examine how the government can protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK.

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23.

Suella Braverman campaigned to leave the European Union in the 2016 EU membership referendum; a majority of votes in her constituency were for leaving.

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Suella Braverman was chair of the European Research Group, a pro-Leave group of Conservative MPs, until her promotion to ministerial office; she was replaced by Jacob Rees-Mogg.

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25.

On 15 November 2018, Suella Braverman resigned on the same day that Davis' successor, Dominic Raab, resigned as Brexit secretary in protest at Theresa May and Olly Robbins's draft Brexit deal, which was released the day before.

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26.

In March 2019, Suella Braverman stated in a speech for the Bruges Group that "[a]s Conservatives, we are engaged in a battle against Cultural Marxism".

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27.

Journalist Dawn Foster challenged Suella Braverman's use of the term "cultural Marxism", highlighting its anti-Semitic history and stating it was a theory in the manifesto of the mass murderer Anders Breivik.

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28.

Suella Braverman was later criticised by members of the Bar Council, for her poor choices in the role.

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29.

Suella Braverman was designated as a minister on leave while pregnant on 2 March 2021, shortly after the Ministerial and other Maternity Allowances Act 2021 was enacted to allow this arrangement.

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30.

Suella Braverman stood in the ensuing Conservative Party leadership election, but was eliminated from the race in the second round of ballots, winning 27 votes, a reduction on her previous achievement and the lowest of the remaining candidates.

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31.

Suella Braverman vowed to suspend the UK's target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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32.

Suella Braverman was appointed Home secretary in the new Truss ministry on 6 September 2022.

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33.

In October 2022, Suella Braverman said that she would love to see a front page of The Daily Telegraph sending asylum seekers to Rwanda and described it as her "dream" and "obsession".

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34.

Suella Braverman stands on the right wing of the Conservative Party, is a supporter of Brexit, supports the withdrawal of the UK from the European Convention on Human Rights and supports sending cross-Channel migrants to Rwanda.

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35.

Suella Braverman has described herself as a "child of the British Empire".

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Suella Braverman believes that on the whole, "the British Empire was a force for good", and described herself as being "proud of the British Empire".

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37.

Suella Braverman was the founding chair of governors at the Michaela Community School, and supports plans to create a free school in Fareham.

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Suella Braverman sits on the advisory board of the New Schools Network, a charity which aims to support groups setting up free schools within the English state education sector.

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39.

Suella Braverman referred to author JK Rowling as "a heroine" of hers.

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40.

Suella Braverman married Rael Braverman in February 2018 at the House of Commons.

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41.

Suella Braverman is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Community and attends the London Buddhist Centre monthly.

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