British ministers of Indian descent in the new cabinet, Suella Braverman and Alok Sharma, will attend their first meeting on Wednesday at 10 Downing Street led by British Prime Minister Liz Truss.
For Suella Braverman, 47, it’s a matter of a fresh start as she relocated the Attorney General’s offices to take on her new role as Home Secretary.
The London-born barrister and MP for Fareham in the south east of England, of Tamil and Goan heritage, took charge of the Home Office shortly after her appointment by Liz Truss on Tuesday night.
“Great to be at the UK Home Office tonight to meet the team as we begin our work – making our streets safer, supporting our security forces and controlling immigration,” Ms Braverman tweeted.
She is taking the front line from a fellow Brexit citizen of Indian descent, Priti Patel, who resigned earlier this week after Truss was confirmed as Boris Johnson’s successor in Downing Street.
The legality of Priti Patel’s agreement to deport some asylum seekers to Rwanda in Africa is currently under investigation by the Supreme Court in England. Humanitarian groups have called on the new government to scrap the controversial deal aimed at controlling illegal migration rates, but Liz Truss backs the move, meaning her new interior minister would have to work on its implementation.
Ms. Braverman also faces a tough to-do list in other key areas of Home Affairs responsibility, including crime and policing, at a time when the number of recorded crimes is at an all-time high, while the number of prosecutions is at an all-time high. record low.
For Agra-born Alok Sharma, 55, it’s more of the status quo as he remains in his climate action post as chair of the United Nations’ COP26 conference on climate change. He had received much praise for his approach at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, last November in his advocacy for the global transition to more sustainable and green energy sources.
“I am delighted to be working with Prime Minister Liz Truss to deliver on the Glasgow Climate Pact,” he tweeted.
— Alok Sharma (@AlokSharma_RDG) September 6, 2022
The Tory MP for Reading West in southern England has held UK ministerial posts in the Business, Trade, Housing and Employment departments since he was elected to Parliament in 2010.
He worked in business before entering politics and has worked to implement the actions the countries agreed to at last year’s COP26 summit in Scotland.
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