Monday, November 13, 2023
Suella Braverman is in the headlines once again, this time for being dismissed as the home secretary of the United Kingdom.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sacked Braverman after she was blamed for encouraging tensions and racial hate over Armistice Day protests and saying London police favoured left-wing pro-Palestine protesters — including fake news and unverified attacks on Pakistan men in the country.
In the lead-up to her dismissal, the Tory MP had invited criticism from a large section of the Labour Party, Muslim groups, left-wing groups including Jews, migrant groups, and the moderate sections of her party, through her vile statements and deliberate provocations.
However, after her sacking, people are wondering which ethnicity Braverman belongs to.
First you should know that the 43-year-old anti-immigrant politician is the child of immigrant parents. But ironically, she wants to deport immigrants and jail them abroad.
Braverman was born with her name as Sue-Ellen Fernandes in Harrow, north-west London, as the only child of Christie Fernandes, a Kenyan of Christian Goan origin, and Uma Fernandes, a Mauritian of Indian origin, who had both arrived in the UK in the 1960s.
Named after Sue Ellen Ewing, the leading female character in the 1980s US television drama Dallas, Braverman shortened her name after teachers started to call her Suella. She attended the fee-paying Heathfield School in outer London on a partial scholarship.
Braverman studied law at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and became president of the university Conservative Association. She studied also for two years in France at the Sorbonne.
She practised as a barrister — both in the UK and the US before joining politics full-time.
She lost her first election in 2005 but made it to the Commons in 2015. In 2018, under the then-prime minister Theresa May, she became a junior Brexit minister, before rising under Boris Johnson, May’s successor, to her first cabinet job as attorney general, just two years later.
She entered parliament as Suella Fernandes but changed her surname to Braverman in 2018 after marrying Rael Braverman, a manager at Mercedes-Benz. She has described her husband as a “proud Jew and Zionist”.
"My husband is a proud Jew and Zionist. He's lived in Israel. We have close family members who serve in the IDF," she told the Jewish Chronicle in a recent interview
She has been at the centre of controversies all along.