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Home Secretary begins work at the Home Office

Amber Rudd goes on patrol with police officers in London before meeting Border Force staff at Heathrow.

Newly appointed Home Secretary Amber Rudd met with the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe this morning on her first full day in office.

Ms Rudd, who was appointed Home Secretary by Prime Minister Theresa May last night, met Sir Bernard before heading out on patrol with officers from the Westminster Safer Neighbourhood team.

Following her time on patrol, the Home Secretary travelled to Heathrow Airport, where she was briefed by Border Force Director General Sir Charles Montgomery on the vital role played by officers in protecting the UK border, and given a tour of the Heathrow control room.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:

It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to lead the Home Office - an institution which touches the lives of millions of people every day.

Today I had an insight into two of the most important areas of Home Office business, and I am grateful to the officers from the Met Police and Border Force for sharing their expertise with me.

I look forward to working with the Home Office staff on our priorities – cutting crime, reducing immigration and keeping this country safe and secure.

The Home Secretary previously served as the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. She was elected Conservative MP for Hastings and Rye in 2010.