Goan origin Suella Fernandes
Braverman, the UK Attorney General, is likely to succeed Priti Patel as UK Home
Secretary in Prime Minister-elect Liz Truss’ cabinet. Suella Braverman,
following Priti Patel and Sajid Javid, would be the third minority Home Secretary.
Braverman ran against Liz Truss
in the Prime Ministerial election, but her ‘anti-woke’ stance and resistance to
the European Convention on Human Rights are expected to propel her from
Attorney General to Home Secretary.
Who is Suella Braverman?
Braverman was born on January
3, 1980, in Harrow, to Christie and Uma Fernandes. She was raised in a Buddhist
family and is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Community. Her mother, a
nurse and a Brent Councillor is a former Parliamentary candidate, Braverman’s
father is a local activist who previously worked for a housing organisation.
Hailing from a strong political background, Braverman is the niece of former
Mauritian High Commissioner to London Mahen Kundasamy.
An academically brilliant
student, Braverman pursued law at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where she also
served as president of the Cambridge University Conservative Association.
She exchanged vows with
politician, Rael Braverman on February 2018 in Titchfield. The couple is
blessed with two children.
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Suella Braveran’s political career
Braverman’s initial political
career was lined up with a series of failures. She made her first political
appearance in 2005 when she unsuccessfully contested for Leicester East against
Labour Candidate Keith Vaz.
She ran for the candidature
position in Bexhill and Battle but was unsuccessful and was eventually chosen
as the Conservative candidate in Fareham. Braverman was also unlucky in earning
a seat in the London Assembly in the 2012 Assembly elections, finishing fourth
on the Conservative London-wide list.
Her political career finally
took a turn when she was elected to the House of Commons as Fareham MP in 2015,
winning 56.1 per cent of the vote.
The former Fareham MP is the
second female Attorney General and the first Conservative female Attorney
She has a long political
background as a hardcore Brexiteer on the Conservative Party’s right swing