Suella Braverman

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Suella Braverman

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Braverman in 2019
Attorney General for England and Wales
Advocate General for Northern Ireland
Assumed office
13 February 2020
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byGeoffrey Cox
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
In office
9 January 2018 – 15 November 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byKwasi Kwarteng
Chairman of the
European Research Group
In office
19 June 2017 – 9 January 2018
DeputyMichael Tomlinson
Preceded bySteve Baker
Succeeded byJacob Rees-Mogg
Deputy Chairman of the
European Research Group
In office
20 November 2016 – 19 June 2017
Serving with Michael Tomlinson
ChairmanSteve Baker
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded bySteve Baker (2018)
Member of Parliament
for Fareham
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byMark Hoban
Majority26,086 (45.6%)
Personal details
Sue-Ellen Cassiana Fernandes

(1980-04-03) 3 April 1980 (age 40)
Harrow, London, England
Political partyConservative
Rael Braverman
m. 2018)
Alma mater

Sue-Ellen Cassiana "Suella" Braverman (née Fernandes; born 3 April 1980) is a British politician serving as Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland since February 2020 and has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Fareham since 2015.[2] A member of the Conservative Party, she chaired the European Research Group (ERG) from 19 June 2017 to 9 January 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

Braverman was born to Christie and Uma Fernandes of Indian origin,[3][4] who had emigrated to Britain in the 1960s from Kenya and Mauritius. Her mother was a nurse and a councillor in Brent[4] and her father, of Goan-ancestry in South India,[5] worked for a housing association. She was born in Harrow, Greater London, and grew up in Wembley.[6] Her early education was at the Uxendon Manor Primary School in Brent and the independent (fee-paying) Heathfield School, Pinner, on a partial scholarship.[6][7]

Braverman read Law at Queens' College, Cambridge. She 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.[8][9] During her undergraduate studies, she was Chairman of the Cambridge University Conservative Association.[10] Between 2005 and 2015, Braverman practised as a barrister.[8]

Legal career[edit]

Braverman is a member of Middle Temple, where she won an Astbury Scholarship in 2005.[citation needed] She completed her pupillage at 2–3 Gray's Inn Square (now Cornerstone Barristers). From 2008 onwards, she was based at No5 Chambers in London practising in planning, judicial review and immigration law.[11] She was appointed to the Attorney General's C Panel of Counsel in 2010.[12]

Political career[edit]

Conservative candidate[edit]

At the 2005 general election, Braverman contested Leicester East, finishing in second place behind Labour's Keith Vaz.[13] She sought selection as the Conservative candidate in Bexhill and Battle, but was unsuccessful,[citation needed] and was eventually selected to be the Conservative candidate in Fareham.[14] Braverman also sought election to the London Assembly at the 2012 Assembly elections, being placed fourth on the Conservative London-wide list.[15] She missed out, however, as only the first three Conservative candidates were elected.[16]

Parliamentary activity[edit]

Braverman was elected to the House of Commons as the MP for Fareham in 2015 with 56.1% of the vote and a majority of 22,262.[17] She gave her maiden speech on 1 June 2015.[18] She 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.[19]

From 2015 to 2017, Braverman was a member of the Education Select Committee and the Education, Skills and the Economy Sub-Committee.[20] Between November 2015 and February 2016, she was a member of the Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill.[21] Braverman chaired the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on Financial Education for Young People from September 2016 to May 2017. Working with the charity Young Enterprise and the money-saving expert Martin Lewis, she led the APPG's inquiry into the provision of financial education in schools and launched its report, Financial Education in Schools: Two Years On – Job Done?,[22] which called for better financial education in schools.

She is a Commissioner on the Social Market Foundation commission on inequality in education,[23] a cross-party initiative which is examining the causes and effects of inequality in education at primary and secondary levels in England and Wales.[citation needed] Braverman joined the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme in 2016, graduating from the scheme in 2017.[24]

Braverman opened a Westminster Hall debate[25] in the House of Commons[26] 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.[27] She was a member of the panel of an inquiry, led by think-tank British Future, to examine how the government can protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK.[28]

Braverman campaigned to leave the European Union in the 2016 EU membership referendum;[29] a majority (55%) of votes in her constituency were for leaving.[30] She 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.[31] Following the 2017 general election, Braverman was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the ministers of the Treasury.[32]

During the January 2018 reshuffle, she was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union.[33] She resigned on the same day that Davis' successor, Dominic Raab, resigned as Brexit Secretary in protest at Theresa May's draft deal (15 November 2018), which was the day after the Prime Minister released the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement.[34]

In March 2019, Braverman was criticised for stating that "As Conservatives, we are engaged in a battle against cultural Marxism". Critics claimed that she was referring to an antisemitic conspiracy theory often employed by Neo-Nazis and alt-right activists as a means of attacking Jewish people involved in politics. She was criticised by the Board of Deputies of British Jews as well as multiple anti-racism charities.[35] In a subsequent statement, the Board of Deputies declared, "We believe she is in no way antisemitic and did not intentionally use antisemitic language", and found that she "is clearly a good friend of the Jewish community" and that the Board was "sorry to see that the whole matter has caused distress".[36]

Attorney General[edit]

In the February 2020 reshuffle, Braverman was appointed as Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland, succeeding Geoffrey Cox who had been dismissed from government. She is the second female Attorney General, and the first Conservative female Attorney General.

Personal life[edit]

Braverman is chair of governors at the Michaela Community School,[37] and supports plans to create a free school in Fareham.[38] She 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.[39] Braverman is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Community (formerly known as the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order), and attends the London Buddhist Centre monthly.[40]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mark Hoban
Member of Parliament
for Fareham

Political offices
Preceded by
Geoffrey Cox
Attorney General for England and Wales
Advocate General for Northern Ireland
Other offices
Preceded by
Steve Baker
Chair of the European Research Group
Succeeded by
Jacob Rees-Mogg