Suella Braverman became on Tuesday the first member of the British government to be able to take maternity leave while retaining her post, the day after the entry into force of a brand new law allowing it. At 40, she held the position of legal adviser to the government (attorney general) and was to be replaced for six months by one of her deputies while continuing to receive her salary.
In a video on Twitter, the mother-to-be, who is expecting her second child, expressed her enthusiasm at the idea of ”being part of history”. Hailing a “milestone” for the country, she said this is a message “for young women who would like to pursue a career in politics”.
An “obsolete” law
Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent her “best wishes for her maternity leave and looks forward to reuniting with her in the fall,” according to a statement from Downing Street. The law previously in force, “obsolete” by the admission of the services of the British Prime Minister, would have forced her to leave her post if she wished to take maternity leave after the birth of her child.
Boris Johnson had indicated that he planned to take paternity leave after the birth of his youngest son last April. However, he has pushed it back for now due to the coronavirus pandemic.