International Development Secretary Priti Patel replaced & Theresa May's failing goverment

09 November, 2017, 18:37 | Author: Wade Massey
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Mordaunt, 44, will replace Priti Patel as International Development Secretary after her resignation yesterday.

Patel was forced to quit the Cabinet on Wednesday after she was discovered to have held a series of undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials.

The Portsmouth North MP is a former defence minister and work and pensions minister.

Dan Jackson, a political lecturer at Bournemouth University, has spoken about how the constant re-shuffling in parliament is proving Theresa May to have a weak government.

Responding to the appointment, Labour's shadow worldwide development secretary, Kate Osamor, called on Mordaunt to "unequivocally commit to the spirit, as well as the letter, of Britain's pledge to spend 0.7% of national income on global development, and face down those in her party who want to merge [the Department for worldwide Development] into the the Foreign and Commonwealth Office".

And shortly afterwards Numnber 10 released a statement saying: "The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Penny Mordaunt MP as Secretary of State for International Development".

In a week of crises, her foreign minister, Boris Johnson, on Tuesday was pressed to apologise over remarks he made about a jailed aid worker in Iran, which critics said could prompt the Islamic Republic to hand her a longer jail term.

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She backed fellow Brexiteer Andrea Leadsom to be Tory leader after Cameron resigned.

In 2014 she appeared on the TV reality show Splash, donating her appearance fee from the diving contest to charitable causes.

Her teacher mother died from breast cancer when she was 15.

She was Conservative head of youth under Sir John Major and worked in William Hague's press office during his leadership, as well as in the 2004 election campaign of U.S. president George W Bush.

Mordaunt lists India among her countries of interest, having worked with the charity "Diabetes UK" in India.

A prominent Leave supporter in last year's European Union referendum and a former armed forces minister, Mordaunt had been rumoured to be in the running to replace Sir Michael Fallon after he quit as defence secretary last week.

Mordaunt once famously delivered a speech on chickens purely so she could say the word "cock" in parliament.

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