Suella Braverman’s Most Controversial Moments as UK Home Secretary

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Suella Braverman has embraced controversy in her time as a senior member of the Conservative government.

A hard-right, divisive politician, Ms. Braverman, 43, has now been fired from the home secretary’s position twice, once on Monday by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and once by his predecessor, Liz Truss.

The home secretary is responsible for law enforcement, immigration and national security, but Ms. Braverman’s hard-line stance on those issues has often stoked divisive cultural debates in Britain because of her inflammatory rhetoric.

Her staunch policies on immigration, including plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, have been denounced by rights groups, criticized by opposition politicians, and challenged in the country’s highest courts.

Here’s a look at some of Ms. Braverman’s most prominent disputes.

Ms. Braverman was first appointed home secretary in September 2022 by Ms. Truss — whose term as prime minister became the shortest in British history — but was fired less than two months later for a security breach.

Using her personal email address, she had sent a government document to another lawmaker who was not authorized to see it. Despite her dismissal, Ms. Braverman was again appointed home secretary six days later, on Mr. Sunak’s first day in office.

That decision was criticized not only by the opposition but by lawmakers on Parliament’s public administration and constitutional affairs committee, which later issued a report detailing how the “leaking of restricted material is worthy of significant sanction.” A “subsequent change in prime minister should not wipe the slate clean,” the report added.

Throughout her time in office, Ms. Braverman has often proved a divisive figure, with comments that have infuriated opposition politicians, drawn the condemnation of rights groups and religious leaders and even been decried by some members of her own party.

Last year, Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, joined a number of other religious leaders who denounced her description of the asylum seekers arriving on Britain’s southern coast as an “invasion.”

When we fail to challenge this rhetoric, he said, “we deny the essential value and dignity of our fellow human beings.”

Ms. Braverman has also faced criticism for inaccurate narratives that play into right-wing tropes, including writing in the Daily Mail that gangs that prey on young women were “almost all British-Pakistani” men. A 2020 Home Office report concluded that group-based child sexual exploitation offenders are most commonly white men, and the press regulator called the comments misleading. The Daily Mail later pulled the reference.

Earlier this month, it emerged that Ms. Braverman wanted to create a new law to deter charities from providing tents for homeless people. In a later post on X, she described homelessness as a “lifestyle choice.”

She was denounced by rights groups and was chastised by another Conservative lawmaker, Bob Blackman, who oversees a government panel on homelessness.

Ms. Braverman is perhaps most famous for her determination to stop the small boats that cross the English Channel filled with migrants seeking asylum.

Last year, the government introduced a plan that would send people arriving in Britain by “illegal, dangerous or unnecessary methods” to Rwanda to have their asylum claims processed there. While the plan was first announced by Ms. Braverman’s predecessor, Priti Patel, Ms. Braverman has been an ardent supporter and put the policy front and center.

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