Who is Suella Braverman? Attorney General hoping to become the next prime minister

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Suella Braverman is hoping to be the next prime minister (Getty Images)
Suella Braverman is hoping to be the next prime minister (Getty Images)

Suella Braverman, the Attorney General for England and Wales, is among those vying to become the next prime minister, following Boris Johnson’s resignation.

The Tory leadership contenders include former Chancellor Rishi Sunak and former Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

But the Attorney General threw her hat in the ring before Mr Johnson had even resigned.

On Wednesday, amid the wave of resignations from Tory MPs, Braverman told ITV News political editor Robert Peston it would be the “greatest honour” to be the UK’s next prime minister.

After declaring her leadership ambitions on live television, she was mocked in the House of Commons by Labour’s Emily Thornberry, who jokingly called her the “next prime minister.”

So who is the woman gunning for the Government’s top job?

Who is Suella Braverman?

Suella Braverman, 42 was born Sue-Ellen Fernandes, to parents Christie and Uma Fernandes, who are from Kenya and Mauritius. They emigrated to the UK in the 1960s.

She told ITV: “I love this country, my parents came here with absolutely nothing and it was Britain that gave them hope, security and opportunity. This country has afforded me incredible opportunities in education and in my career.

“I owe a debt of gratitude to this country and to serve as PM would be the greatest honour, so yes, I will try.”

Ms Braverman attended Heathfield School in London before studying Law at Queens’ College, Cambridge. She later gained a Masters degree in Law from the University of Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne and then qualified as a New York Attorney.

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She specialised in public law and judicial review and has defended the Home Office in immigration cases, the Parole Board in challenges by prisoners, and the Ministry of Defence in matters relating to injuries sustained in battle.

Appointed Attorney General in 2020, Braverman had previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union from January to November 2018 and was elected as the Conservative MP for Fareham in May 2015.

In February 2018, she married Rael Braverman at the House of Commons. They had their first child in 2019 and their second child in 2021.

What are Suella Braverman’s views?

Suella Braverman is a hard Brexiteer and recently said she has “significant reservations about our relationship with the European Court of Human Rights,” following the European court’s decision, which effectively grounded the first flight to send asylum seekers out of the UK.

Ms Braverman has previously said schools do not have to accommodate transgender pupils. She said schools did not have to use trans students’ chosen names or pronouns or let them wear a uniform that aligns with their gender identity.

When four people were cleared of tearing down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston, Ms Braverman came under fire for saying she was considering whether to refer the case to the Court of Appeal.

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