Penny Mordaunt replaces Priti Patel as International Development Secretary

Penny Mordaunt in Kenya
Penny Mordaunt MP attends a luncheon hosted by CS Omamo. Photo: Twitter/JudiWakhungu

Penny Mordaunt has been promoted to the cabinet of the UK government as the new International Development Secretary after her predecessor Priti Patel resigned on Wednesday night after admitting unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials had “lacked transparency”.

Like Ms Patel, Ms Mordaunt was among Conservatives who backed the winning Leave campaign during the EU Referendum campaign. As International Development Secretary, she will work with the Department for International Development team in Kenya.

44-year-old Ms Mordaunt, said she was “delighted” to take on the role, as she visited her new department.

The MP for Portsmouth North, is a Royal Navy reservist and was appointed as the first female minister for the Armed Forces in 2015. She had been rumoured as a possible replacement for Sir Michael Fallon who quit as defence secretary last week saying his conduct had “fallen short” of the required standards following allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour.

Penny Mordaunt in Kenya
Armed Forces Minister Penny Mordaunt visits British troops in Kenya. Photo: Twitter/ArmyPost

Speaking at the Department for International Development, Ms Mordaunt said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed by the prime minister to be the new secretary of state for International Development.

“I’m looking forward to working with the team here to continue building a safer, more secure, more prosperous world for us all and really giving the British public pride in what we do,” she added.

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