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Brexit supporter Penny Mordaunt replaces Priti Patel as UK aid secretary

Penny Mordaunt was earlier minister for disabled people and first elected as the MP for Portsmouth North in 2010

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Penny Mordaunt
Penny Mordaunt. Photo: Penny Mordaunt twitter handle

has been appointed as the new Development Secretary after resigned over unofficial meetings with the Israeli ministers and businessmen.

"I'm delighted to have been appointed by the Prime Minister to be the new Secretary of State for Development," the Independent quoted Mordaunt as saying.

"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.


Mordaunt, who was earlier minister for disabled people, was first elected as the MP for Portsmouth North in 2010.


Earlier, Patel resigned under pressure after she broke protocol to meet politicians, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, without informing Downing Street, while on a family holiday.

In her resignation, Patel apologised and said her actions "fell below the standards of transparency and openness that I have promoted and advocated".

Patel iswithinhe second cabinet minister to leave the government in a week after quit as defence secretary.

The Brexit-backing Minister was appointed as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government in July 2014.

In May 2015, she was made minister of state for the Armed Forces at the (MoD), becoming the first woman to take this post.

First Published: Fri, November 10 2017. 05:54 IST