Penny Mordaunt is a British politician who has been serving as Minister of State for Trade Policy since 2021. A member of the Conservative Party, she has been the Member of Parliament (MP) representing Portsmouth North since 2010.

Mordaunt was the first woman to hold the position of Minister of State for the Armed Forces when she was appointed in 2015 after serving as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Decentralization from 2014 to 2015.

Penny Mordaunt
Penny Mordaunt

As a result of an investigation into the death of an Iraqi soldier, Major Robert Campbell criticized Mordaunt for his support for the Iraq Historic Allegations Team in 2003, saying: “She’s now portraying herself as a champion of the military, but she never helped me. She should apologize to us for the way she handled things. She didn’t do a good enough job as a military advocate.”

The Fire Brigades Union accused Mordaunt of “misleading MPs about guarantees provided to firefighters by fire authorities over what would happen to their pensions if they fail fitness tests” while she was Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Communities and Local Government.

There was a debate over raising the retirement age, which led to a strike by firemen.

“Cock” was used as punishment for a misdemeanor by Mordaunt during Naval Reserve training, therefore she gave a speech on chicken welfare in the House of Commons right before spring break in 2013 to use the term “cock” in the House of Commons before the Easter hiatus.

Penny Mordaunt Parents: Meet John Mordaunt and Jennifer Mordaunt

British politician Penny Mordaunt was born to her parents John Mordaunt and Jennifer Mordaunt. As a child, her father John Mordaunt was born in Hilsey Barracks, where he fought in the Parachute Regiment and later worked for Hampshire Council.

There were numerous Purbrook schools where Jennifer (née Snowden) worked as a special needs teacher. Philip Snowden, the first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, is a distant relative of her mother’s.

Dame Angela Lansbury is linked to former Labour leader George Lansbury through her grandmother’s cousin.

When Mordaunt’s mother died of breast cancer at the age of 15, she became Edward’s primary carer following her twin brother’s decision to drop out of school.


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