Penny Mordaunt appointed new UK aid minister

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (NOVEMBER 9, 2017) (POOL) – British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a strong Brexit supporter as aid minister on Thursday (November 9) following a resignation that left her struggling to ward off open conflict in a cabinet divided over leaving the EU.

May is grappling with crises on several fronts. Her team is struggling to make headway in exit talks with the European Union, several ministers are embroiled in a wider sexual harassment scandal and her ability to command a majority in parliament is facing its most serious test.

Penny Mordaunt, 44, who has previously held junior ministerial roles, had a short meeting with May at Downing Street during which her appointment as the new International Development Secretary was confirmed.

Fellow Brexit supporter Priti Patel resigned from the position on Wednesday (November 8) over undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials that breached diplomatic protocol.