Suella Braverman

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(politician, barrister)
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BornSue-Ellen Cassiana Fernandes
3 April 1980
Alma materQueens' College (Cambridge), Sorbonne
ReligionBuddhism

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In office
25 October 2022 - Present
Appointed byRishi Sunak
Preceded byGrant Shapps

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In office
6 September 2022 - 19 October 2022
Appointed byLiz Truss
Preceded byPriti Patel
Succeeded byGrant Shapps

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In office
13 February 2020 - 6 September 2022
Appointed byBoris Johnson

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In office
13 February 2020 - 6 September 2022
Appointed byBoris Johnson

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In office
19 June 2017 - 9 January 2018

Suella Braverman is a British Conservative Party politician who was appointed Home Secretary on 6 September 2022 by Liz Truss, but resigned the following month after 43 days in office.[1] Rishi Sunak reappointed her on 25 October 2022. She was previously Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland since February 2020.

Suella Braverman was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Fareham at the 2015 General Election, and re-elected in 2017 and 2019 with an increased majority each time.[2]

Suella Braverman is an advocate of Brexit, and was smeared as anti-Semitic by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Hope Not Hate, for her use of the phrase, "Cultural Marxism".

In July 2022, Braverman ran in the Tory leadership election but was eliminated in the second round.[3] She then endorsed Liz Truss.[4]

European Research Group

In 2017, when Suella Braverman chaired the European Research Group (ERG), she was interviewed by Krishnan Guru-Murthy for Channel 4 News.[5] Guru-Murthy noted that the ERG is publicly funded and asked Braverman to confirm how many ministers were in it. But the ERG chair refused to do so. He then argued:

"You’ve just said you take public money, therefore the public ought to know where its money is going."

Braverman responded:

"It’s all on the public record, and people are able to disclose their name."

Guru-Murthy asked where he could find that public record, twice, and after Braverman had blustered for a bit, she admitted:

"The list of members is kept by the European Research Group."

After more toing and froing, where Guru-Murthy pressed the MP to find out if the list was publicly available (according to the common understanding of the word ‘public’ as opposed to Braverman’s strange definition of it), the MP ended by promising to get it to the host personally.

In short, the interview was a disaster. Braverman crumbled under Guru-Murthy’s questioning, fumbling for words or, indeed, an argument to pull together, and got (easily) caught in a bizarre twisting of the truth.[6]

Cultural Marxism

In March 2019, speaking at an event on Brexit organised by the Eurosceptic thinktank Bruges Group, Suella Braverman said:

“We are engaging in many battles right now. As Conservatives we are engaged in a battle against cultural Marxism, where banning things is becoming de rigueur; where freedom of speech is becoming a taboo; where our universities, quintessential institutions of liberalism, are being shrouded in censorship and a culture of no-platforming.”

After the speech, during a question and answer session, Braverman was asked whether she stood by the term, given its far-right connections. She said

“Yes, I do believe we are in a battle against a cultural Marxism, as I said.
“We have culture evolving from the far left which has allowed the snuffing out of freedom of speech, freedom of thought. No one can get offended any more, we are living in a culture where we are putting everyone in cotton wool, a risk-averse mentality is now taking over.
“And that instinct for freedom, for risk-taking, for making mistakes, for innovation, for creativity, is being killed. And it’s absolutely damaging for our spirit as British people, and our genius, whether it’s for innovation and science, or culture and civilisation; whether it’s for statecraft.”

She added:

“I’m very aware of that ongoing creep of cultural Marxism which has come from Jeremy Corbyn.”

A spokesman for the Board of Deputies of British Jews said:

“Suella Braverman MP may not have been aware of it, but the term ‘cultural Marxist’ has a history as an antisemitic trope. We would ask for her to clarify the remarks and undertake not to use the phrase in future.”[7]

Critique

Tom Peck of The Independent newspaper is critical of Suella Braverman ("A lawyer who’ll smash up the courts for political gain is hard to find; one well-qualified enough to be this stupid is even harder"):

"Anyone can say something stupid. Anyone can say 'cultural Marxism', without knowing that it is a virulently antisemitic term found almost 1,000 times in the manifesto of white supremacist mass-murderer Anders Breivik. Anyone can make a mistake. Anyone can say something they don’t understand. The country’s most senior lawyer, it turns out, can be human, too."[8]

Free movement

On 9 July 2022, Marina Purkiss tweeted:

Suella Braverman said:

“I have personally benefitted from free movement of workers, having lived in France for 2 years as an ERASMUS student. Whilst there, I studied for a Masters in European Law…specialising in EU Competition Law.”

Then joined the pro-Brexit ERG.

Get in the bin![9]



References

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