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United Kingdom leader fills Cabinet post after 2nd resignation in a week

10 November 2017, 01:06 | Terri Saunders

Penny Mordaunt Has Replaced Priti Patel As International Development Secretary

Penny Mordaunt Appointed New International Development Secretary Following Priti Patel's Resignation

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".

Ministers are required to tell the UK Foreign Office when they are conducting official business overseas, but it had emerged that British diplomats in Israel were not informed about any of Patel's meetings - which included a meeting with Netanyahu and other political figures as well as charity organisations. "But that must be done formally".

The following Monday, Patel was forced to apologize and retract her Friday statements.

After a public reprimand from the prime minister, Patel left the United Kingdom on Tuesday for a three-day trip to Uganda, but returned on Wednesday at May's request.

Whatever people remembered her for previously, Mordaunt's appointment has definitely thrown up the possibility for some memorable headlines. "I had the great pleasure of meeting her on many occasions and saw her dedication".

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.

Patel is a prominent Brexit supporter, and some Conservative MPs had pressed for a replacement that would maintain the political - and gender - balance.

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It is the second mini-reshuffle in a week - after Ms Patel followed Sir Michael Fallon out of the Cabinet.

London, Nov 9 British Prime Minster Theresa May today replaced Priti Patel with Penny Mordaunt as the UK's new worldwide development minister, a day after the Indian- origin MP resigned over her unauthorised secret meetings with Israeli politicians while on a holiday in the Jewish country.

Mordaunt is a Royal Navy reservist with experience in the Ministry of Defence.

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

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.

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

But leading pro-European lawmaker Chuka Umunna, of the opposition Labour party, tweeted: "This is the same minister who falsely claimed Turkey was about to join the European Union (during the referendum)".



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