Indian-Origin Suella Braverman Appointed Home Secretary by Sunak: Who Is She?

Her Goan father immigrated to Britain from Kenya while her Tamil mother did the same from Mauritius.

South Asians
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(This story was first published on 13 July 2022. It has been reposted from The Quint's archives in light of Suella Braverman being appointed the UK Home Secretary on 25 October 2022 after resigning from the same position in the Liz Truss Cabinet.)

A hardcore conservative who believes that the British empire did good for India and a supporter of United Kingdom's controversial Rwanda plan for immigrants, NRI Suella Braverman was on Tuesday, 7 September, appointed as Home Secretary in new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss' Cabinet.

The 42-year-old Conservative Party member of Parliament for Fareham in southeast England, who until now served as the Attorney General in the Boris Johnson-led government, was among the first contenders to throw her hat in the ring to replace Johnson as Tory leader and prime minister.

So, who is she? What is her family background? And where does she stand politically?


Attorney general for England and Wales since 2020 and Fareham MP since 2015, Braverman was born in London in 1980 to parents of Indian origin.

Her Goan father immigrated to Britain from Kenya while her Tamil mother did the same from Mauritius.

Braverman studied law at Cambridge and then at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University in France .

First elected to the House of Commons in 2015, she is a member of the Triratna Buddhist community, and took her oath of office on the Dhammapada, one of the widely read Buddhist scriptures.

She was a very strong supporter of Brexit, and even campaigned for the UK to leave the European Union in 2016.

Two years later, she became the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union.

Braverman was appointed to her current post, Attorney general for England and Wales, in February 2020.

Before announcing her candidacy, she had called on Boris Johnson to resign. If elected for the top job, she promises to cut taxes, reduce government spending, deliver 'Brexit opportunities,' and "get rid of all this woke rubbish."

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