Ministerial role

Secretary of State for International Development

Responsibilities

The Secretary of State leads the DFID ministerial team, sets the overall strategy and direction of the department.

  • National Security Council
  • Strategy
  • G7 and G20
  • World Bank, IMF and other IFIs (including Regional Development Banks)
  • Overall delivery and management of 0.7%
  • Communications
  • Reform: United Nations and multilateral
  • Economic Development (including CDC, Trade Policy and private sector)
  • Modern day slavery and child exploitation
  • Women and girls

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP

Priti Patel was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 14 July 2016. She was elected Conservative MP for Witham in May 2010.

Education

Priti attended a comprehensive school in Watford before studying economics at Keele University. She completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Essex.

Political career

Priti served as Minister of State for Employment from May 2015 until July 2016. She was Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from July 2014 to May 2015.

Career outside politics

In November 2013, the Prime Minister appointed Priti as the first ever UK Indian Diaspora Champion. Before becoming an MP, she worked in consultancy and worked internationally.

Personal life

Priti is married and has a young son.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP

    • 2012 to 2016
  2. The Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell

    • 2010 to 2012

Announcements

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  1. International Development Secretary sets out UK commitment to jobs and prosperity in the world’s poorest countries

    • Press release
  2. UK leads the way to build back better after Hurricanes

    • Press release
  3. Priti Patel will double the next £2 million of public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for people fleeing Burma

    • Press release
  4. One month on from Hurricane Irma

    • Press release
  5. Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for people fleeing Burma reaches £3 million with UK aid support

    • Press release
  6. UK government doubles public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for people fleeing Burma

    • Press release
  7. Priti Patel cracks down on “scandal” of unethical practices with tough new reforms on aid suppliers

    • Press release
  8. International Development Secretary calls for aid to reach Burma

    • Press release
  9. Appointment of Matthew Rycroft as Permanent Secretary at the Department for International Development

    • Press release
  10. Priti Patel: Extra UK aid to Dominica following deadly Hurricane Maria

    • Press release