The prime minister has re-appointed Suella Braverman as attorney general for England and Wales, making her the first cabinet-level minister to take maternity leave during time in office.
Effective 10 September 2021, Braverman ended her period of maternity leave which was facilitated by the passage of the ministerial and other maternity allowance act.
During her time out of office, the Conservative MP for Fareham was designated the position of “minister on leave”.
Commenting on the re-appointment, Braverman said that she was “grateful” to both the PM and parliament for “making it possible for me to go on maternity leave in the way other women can”.
She added: “I can’t wait to get back to work. One of my first priorities is to continue the Government’s work in rebuilding confidence and trust in our criminal justice system, particularly with victims.
“I want to thank everyone at the attorney general’s office for their work during my leave and I look forward to working with them going forward.”
Following Braverman’s return, Michael Ellis has been re-appointed solicitor general after acting as attorney general during Braverman’s maternity leave.