Who is Suella Braverman

Who is Suella Braverman, She has lost her job as home secretary after accusing the Met Police of bias in the policing of protests

Who is Suella Braverman
Who is Suella Braverman, She has lost her job as home secretary after accusing the Met Police of bias in the policing of protests

Who is Suella Braverman

Who is Suella Braverman, She has lost her job as home secretary after accusing the Met Police of bias in the policing of protests

Suella Braverman has been sacked as Home Secretary after challenging the Prime Minister several times.

He was sacked on Monday morning.

In an article for The Times newspaper, he accused the Metropolitan Police of bias in policing the protests.

Ms Braverman was accused of underestimating police with her claim that aggressive right-wing protesters were "met with an appropriately harsh response", while "pro-Palestinian crowds" were "largely ignored", ahead of a pro-Palestinian march in central London.

The row is the latest in a long string of controversies in Ms Braverman's political career.

But that hasn't stopped him emerging as a leading figure on the right wing of the Conservative Party and one with ambitions to lead it.

The now former home secretary's political leanings were evident at an early age. In 1997, the year of Labour's landslide victory, she won a mock election as the Conservative candidate at her independent all-girls school in Harrow.

A classmate at the time said he used his "personality, exuberance and optimism" to take the school "in complete reverse" during the election.

Ms Braverman was born Sue-Ellen Fernandez in April 1980 - named after Sue-Ellen Ewing on the American TV show Dallas Matriarch, one of her mother's favorite shows.

Teachers shortened it to Zuela at school, where she was a high-flying student – crowning her time as head girl there.

Her parents are both of Indian origin and met in London, after her father fled Kenya and her mother moved from Mauritius to become a nurse.

He talks about how his parents' journey and emphasis on hard work and integration deeply influenced him.

This drive led him to study law at Cambridge University, where he chaired the university's Conservative Association – a post held by Tory grandees (and former home secretaries) Ken Clarke and Michael Howard.

After Cambridge, he studied in Paris for two years, earning a master's degree in European and French law at Panthéon-Sorbonne University, and developed a love for the works of Marcel Proust and the music of Belgian singer Jacques Brel.

Political upheaval

Ms. Braverman's legal career took her from the UK to the US, passing the bar exams in both London and New York. He also dabbled in politics, getting work as a lawyer for the government and in 2005 stood unsuccessfully as a Conservative candidate in the hard-fought Labor seat of Leicester East.

He was selected as the Conservative candidate for the safe seat of Fareham, a role he secured by doing the most "homework" according to a member of his selection panel.

He was duly elected as an MP in the 2015 election, and quickly made a name for himself for his views on the EU, immigration and law and order.

A passionate supporter of Brexit, he chaired the Eurosceptic European Research Group (ERG) of Tory MPs, after the UK left the EU.

He went to his ministerial office in the aftermath of the 2016 referendum - landing a job as a junior minister in the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU).

He resigned 10 months later, along with his boss, DExEU Dominic Raab, in protest at Theresa May's Brexit deal, which he called "a betrayal".

She changed her name to Suella Braverman, married South African business executive Rael Braverman in 2019.

Sir John Hayes, one of Mrs Braverman's oldest allies in politics, said Rael had "reinforced" his wife's conservatism.

Ms Braverman returned to government when she was appointed attorney general by Boris Johnson, but maintained an independent streak.

As the government's chief legal adviser, he was criticized by lawyers for backing the Internal Market Bill - setting out post-Brexit customs and trade rules -
She also made history as the first cabinet minister to take maternity leave after a new law was passed in 2021.

Following Johnson's resignation as Prime Minister, Mrs Braverman was the first to announce that she was to succeed him.

He was eventually appointed home secretary by the victorious Liz Truss, but was forced to resign within weeks.

Ms. Braverman stepped down after admitting to sharing confidential documents.
Back to the office

In a political twist, Ms Braverman was reinstated as home secretary by Rishi Sunak - and under him, she has developed a reputation for her headline-grabbing comments.

Shortly after returning to office, it emerged that he had been caught speeding while the attorney general. Mr Sunak ruled his request for officials' advice on arranging a private course without the need for an investigation "does not amount to a breach of the ministerial code".

Ms Braverman's comments have often proved a thorn in Mr Sunak's side, with the prime minister repeatedly distancing herself from her language on immigration and homelessness.

Until recently, Mr. Sunak was reluctant to rein in his home secretary. There were suggestions that Ms. Braverman acted as a "politically useful pressure valve" for Mr. Sunak — allowing her to indirectly signal approval for right-wing populist policies without actually making those statements.

Now his departure marks the end of a turbulent period in government, but is unlikely to end his leadership ambitions