The UK Work and Pensions minister Penny Mordaunt has been appointed as the new International Development Secretary. Ms Mordaunt, the minister for the disabled, has replaced Priti Patel following her resignation yesterday over unauthorised meetings with senior Israelis.
Like Ms Patel, she campaigned for Brexit in the EU referendum and her appointment will maintain the balance between Leavers and Remainers in the cabinet. Home Office minister Sarah Newton is promoted to take Ms Mordaunt’s place at the Department for Work and Pensions.
Victoria Atkins, who entered Parliament in 2015, joins the UK government for the first time as a new Home Office minister. Ms Mordaunt made no comment to reporters as she left Downing Street following her meeting with Theresa May to head to her new department.
For Labour, shadow international development secretary Kate Osamor said: “The new Secretary of State faces an immediate challenge of restoring integrity to British international development policy after the actions of Priti Patel.