Secretary of State for International Development

The Rt Hon Priti Patel


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


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.

Secretary of State for International Development

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

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Employment

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury

    • 2014 to 2015


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  1. Conclusion of the London Somalia Conference

    • Press release
  2. A global development system for the 21st Century

    • Statement to Parliament
  3. UK to protect 200 million people from tropical diseases

    • Press release
  4. Priti Patel urges end to conflict and man-made famine in South Sudan

    • Press release
  5. UK to increase Syria medical aid in wake of chemical attack

    • Press release
  6. UK triples support for action against landmines on 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s iconic Angola visit

    • Press release
  7. Priti Patel: Speech at Landmine Free World 2025 event

    • Speech
  8. Priti Patel urges City of London to become global financial centre for developing countries

    • Press release
  9. Bond Annual Conference 2017

    • Speech
  10. New support to boost grassroots British charities

    • Press release