Penny Mordaunt

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Penny Mordaunt's "dream job"[1]
Born4 March 1973
UK Conservative Party politician

Employment.png UK/Defence Secretary Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
1 May 2019 - 24 July 2019
Preceded byGavin Williamson
Succeeded byBen Wallace

Employment.png Minister for Women and Equalities Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
30 April 2018 - 24 July 2019
Preceded byAmber Rudd
Succeeded byAmber Rudd

Penelope Mary Mordaunt [2] is a Conservative Party politician who was appointed Secretary of State for Defence on 1 May 2019, following the sacking of Gavin Williamson.[3]

On 24 July 2019, Penny Mordaunt was sacked as Defence Secretary by the new PM Boris Johnson and replaced by Ben Wallace.[4]

Ministerial experience

Penny Mordaunt has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Portsmouth North since the 2010 UK General Election, and served in the Cameron Government as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government prior to[5][6] being appointed Minister of State for the Armed Forces at the Ministry of Defence in May 2015, the first woman to hold this post.[7]

From July 2016 to November 2017, she served in the May Government as Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, and in November 2017 she was appointed International Development Secretary.

On 1 May 2019, Penny Mordaunt was appointed Defence Secretary after Gavin Williamson was dismissed by Prime Minister Theresa May following a leak of highly classified information from the National Security Council.[8] She is the first woman to hold this post.

Royal Naval Reservist

Prior becoming an MP, Mordaunt worked in business and communications and is currently the only female MP who is a Royal Naval Reservist. Following a training exercise in 2014, Acting Sub-Lieutenant Penny Mordaunt MP, who also belongs to HMS King Alfred, said:

“This was by far the most challenging exercise I’ve taken part in and you really felt that all the skills, knowledge and resilience you’d built up over training were being tested to the max.”[9]


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