Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Penny Mordaunt Has Replaced Priti Patel As International Development Secretary

Penny Mordaunt Has Replaced Priti Patel As International Development Secretary

"The Queen has been pleased to approve the following appointments: Penny Mordaunt MP as Secretary of State for International Development, Sarah Newton MP as Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, Victoria Atkins MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office", the government's statement said.

As of yet, no further revelations have been made about her meetings, or if the Prime Minister Theresa May had any knowledge about them.

Former holder of the office Priti Patel had to resign on Wednesday, following a scandal around her unofficial meetings with Israeli officials.

May had summoned Patel back from a trip to Africa to explain her talks with Israeli politicians, in which she reportedly raised the possibility of Britain diverting aid to the Israeli army for medical help for Syrian refugees.

Patel wrote in her letter that there had been a "number of reports about my actions and I am sorry that these have served as a distraction".

In her reply, May said: "As you know the United Kingdom and Israel are close allies, and it is right that we should work closely together".

With a Budget statement just days away and deadlocked Brexit talks resuming this week ahead of a make-or-break European Union summit next month, Patel's exit has only added to May's leadership woes with many predicting her own exit from Downing Street by the end of this year.

She has been the minister for disabled people since 2016.

At all but one of the meetings, Patel was accompanied by lobbyist Lord Polak, a leading member of Conservative Friends of Israel, according to The Guardian newspaper.

May was under pressure from Eurosceptic MPs to ensure that Patel is replaced by a pro-Brexit MP like her predecessor to maintain a balance within the UK Cabinet.

This experience meant she had been touted to replace Sir Michael Fallon as defence secretary following his sudden resignation in the wake of alleged inappropriate behaviour.

The MP, who was first elected in 2010, is best known to the public for donning her swimsuit in the TV show Splash! in 2014, when she joined celebrities to be trained in diving by Olympian Tom Daley.

While receiving a prize at the Spectator awards for a different innuendo-laden Commons speech, she revealed the cock speech's origins.

"As long as it's somebody who has accepted that Brexit is happening and will support it properly..."

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