Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work

Penny Mordaunt MP


Penny Mordaunt was appointed Minister of State for Department for Work and Pensions on 15 July 2016. She was elected Conservative MP for Portsmouth North in 2010.


She was educated at Oaklands RC Comprehensive School and at Reading University where she read Philosophy.

Political career

Penny worked for Conservative Central Office, becoming Head of Broadcasting under William Hague. In 2000 she served as Head of Foreign Press for George W. Bush’s presidential election campaign.

In Parliament, Penny served on the European Scrutiny Committee, Defence Select Committee, and as chairman of the APPGs for Life Science and for Ageing and Older People. In autumn 2013 she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon. Philip Hammond MP. She served as Minister of State for the Armed Forces from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Penny worked as an aid worker in post-revolutionary Romania before and during university. She was director of communications at Kensington & Chelsea Council and the Freight Transport Association and was a director of Diabetes UK, the Community Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. In 2004 Penny founded a media company, which she sold in 2010.

Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • cross-government disability issues
  • work and health strategy, including sponsorship of the Joint Work and Health Unit
  • disability employment, including Disability Confident, Work Choice, Access to Work, the Work and Health Programme and mental health in the workplace
  • support for those at risk of falling out of work, including occupational health and Statutory Sick Pay
  • financial support for sick and disabled claimants, including within
    • Universal Credit
    • Disability Living Allowance
    • Personal Independence Payment
    • Employment and Support Allowance
    • Attendance Allowance
    • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
    • Carer’s Allowance
  • specific welfare and health-related issues, including Motability and arms-length compensation schemes
  • oversight of the Health and Safety Executive and the Office for Nuclear Regulation

The role of Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work replaced the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People in July 2016.

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for the Armed Forces

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

    • 2014 to 2015


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  1. Five thousand UK employers are now Disability Confident

    • Press release
  2. Department for Work and Pensions welcomes new ministerial team

    • Press release
  3. Professor Francis Davis appointed to the Office for Disability Issues

    • News story
  4. Paul Gray publishes second review of Personal Independence Payment

    • Press release
  5. New business champions to support rights of disabled consumers

    • Press release
  6. New figures show more than £84 million awarded in compensation through Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme

    • Press release
  7. Third Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme levy announced

    • News story
  8. Business champions recruited to lead a ‘war on inaccessibility’

    • Press release
  9. Seeking disability sector champions

    • News story
  10. Appointment of the Chair of the Disability Confident Business Leaders Group

    • Press release