Suella Braverman: Attorney General in Tory leadership race

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Braverman is the first to express interest in running for leadership, but will likely be up against much “bigger” names

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He will remain in office until a successor is elected, which is expected to happen before the Conservative Party Convention in October.

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Suella Braverman, the Attorney General, and Steve Baker, an ardent Brexiteer, have both declared their intention to run.

But who is Braverman and what did she say about the situation?

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Here’s everything you need to know.

What did Suella Braverman say?

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Although Suella Braverman called for the Prime Minister to resign, she insisted that she would remain in her position as Attorney General.

The Cabinet Secretary, who had previously been an ardent Johnson supporter, told Peston on ITV that recent events had been “appallingly” handled by the Prime Minister.

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She said: “The balance has now tipped in favor of saying that the PM – it pains me to say it – but it’s time to go.”

In the event of a leadership contest, Braverman stated she would throw her hat in the ring.

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Britain’s Attorney General Suella Braverman attends a cabinet meeting in May 2022 (Photo: Oli Scarff – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

She told Peston: “My first duty is the country, Robert, and as a lawyer, I am the chief magistrate.

“And we’re in a crisis and I have legal and constitutional duties … I don’t want to resign because I have that duty. We need a prosecutor.”

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Who is she?

Before being elected chief justice by Johnson in February 2020, Braveman served as MP for Fareham from May 2015 to May 2019.

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She was restored to her ministerial post in September after becoming the first cabinet-level minister to take maternity leave.

She was only able to free herself from her ministerial duties after Parliament had passed special laws.

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The Eurosceptic had supported Johnson since she chaired the pro-Brexit European Research Group.

Could she be the next PM?

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Braverman is the only person to officially throw his hat in the ring; Steve Baker and others have only made strong suggestions that they will pass.

Truss has held various positions under three Tory Prime Ministers – David Cameron, Theresa May and Johnson – and is the UK’s chief negotiator with the European Union.

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Among the other names touted as possible successors were Penny Mordaunt, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt and Dominic Raab.

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