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.
She was Theresa May’s Secretary of State for International Development from 2017 to 2019, and then Theresa May’s Secretary of State for Defence from May to July of this year. Her terms in the cabinet spanned from 2017 through 2019.
Prior to beginning a career in the public relations field, Mordaunt completed his studies in philosophy at the University of Reading.
In addition to working for George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2004, she served in several capacities within the Conservative Party while John Major and William Hague were in charge of the party’s leadership. In the month of May in 2010, Mordaunt won a seat in the House of Commons.
She held the position of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Decentralisation from 2014 to 2015, when she was appointed to it by the coalition government led by David Cameron.
Following the results of the general election in 2015, David Cameron gave her the promotion of Minister of State for the Armed Forces, making her the first woman to ever hold the position. In the referendum held in 2016 over EU membership, Mordaunt voted in favor of leaving the EU.
Penny Mordaunt’s Previous offices
Penny Mordaunt’s previous offices include Secretary of State for International Development of the United Kingdom (2017 – 2019), Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom (2019 – 2019), and Paymaster General of the United Kingdom (2020 – 2021).