Suella served as Secretary of State for the Home Department between September 2022 to November 2023, appointed by both Prime Ministers Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak. Her priorities were stopping the small boats crossing the Channel, common sense policing and keeping the British people safe. Suella was the most senior woman in the UK Government.
Between 2020 and 2022, Suella was the Attorney General (the government’s most senior Law Officer, attending Cabinet), under Boris Johnson. As Attorney General, Suella successfully challenged the ‘Colston Statue’ case in which the Court of Appeal agreed with her that human rights cannot be a defence to serious damage caused in course of protests. She also oversaw improvements at the Crown Prosecution Service and Serious Fraud Office. She was the first Minister after Boris Johnson to visit Ukraine in June 2022 to lead global efforts to support the War Crimes prosecutions by the Ukrainians against Russians suspected of murder, rape and other horrific crimes against civilians.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union
In Theresa May’s government in 2018, Suella served as a Junior Minister in the Department for Exiting the European Union. During this time, she was responsible for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill. Suella resigned in 2018 when it became clear that the Withdrawal Agreement would keep Northern Ireland inside the Customs Union and annex Northern Ireland to the European Union. She voted against the Withdrawal Agreement 3 times, making her one of the ‘28 Spartans’.
Prior to her ministerial career, Suella was a PPS to the Treasury and sat on the Education Select Committee.