Secretary of State for International Development

The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

Biography

Penny Mordaunt was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 9 November 2017. She was Minister of State for Department for Work and Pensions from 15 July 2016 to 9 November 2017. She was elected Conservative MP for Portsmouth North in 2010.

Education

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.

Secretary of State for International Development

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

  • Cabinet and Cabinet Committees
  • National Security Council
  • All major spending decisions and overall delivery and management of 0.7%
  • Africa strategy and overview
  • Asia
  • Humanitarian response and reform
  • Global Britain and European Union exit
  • ODA reform
  • UN reform
  • World Bank, IMF and other IFIs
  • Communications
  • Economic Development (including CDC, trade policy and private sector)
  • Modern Slavery

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. Minister of State for the Armed Forces

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

    • 2014 to 2015

Announcements

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  1. Statement by International Development Secretary on Save the Children

    • Press release
  2. Penny Mordaunt speech on education in the Syria region

    • Speech
  3. Penny Mordaunt: Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region

    • Speech
  4. Penny Mordaunt announces UK aid commitment to protect civilians, aid workers and hospitals targeted by the Asad regime

    • Press release
  5. UK confirms new support to World Bank after Securing Key reforms

    • Press release
  6. Commonwealth countries unite to stamp out human trafficking and child exploitation

    • Press release
  7. The UK announces further support in the fight against malaria

    • Press release
  8. UK is making sure one million girls across the Commonwealth get a quality education

    • Press release
  9. UK joins International Solar Alliance to help provide over 1 billion of the world’s poorest people with clean, affordable energy

    • Press release
  10. UK aid to help eliminate the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness across poorest countries in the Commonwealth by 2020

    • Press release