| Penny Mordaunt|
|Born||4 March 1973|
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 being appointed Minister of State for the Armed Forces at the Ministry of Defence in May 2015, the first woman to hold this post.
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. She is the first woman to hold this post.
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.”
- "Penny Mordaunt has got her dream job"
- Profile, ukwhoswho.com; accessed 8 May 2015.
- "Whatever Brexit deal Theresa May pursues needs to pass the Penny Mordaunt test"
- "Who’s who in Boris Johnson’s first cabinet"
- "Royal Naval Reservists mission on the Dart"