Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP

Biography

Priti Patel was appointed Secretary of State for the Home Department on 24 July 2019.

Priti 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 was Secretary of State for International Development from July 2016 to November 2017. 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 the Home Department

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for all Home Office business, including:

  • overarching responsibility for the departmental portfolio and oversight of the ministerial team
  • cabinet
  • National Security Council (NSC)
  • public appointments
  • MI5 oversight

More about this role

Home Office

Previous roles in government

  1. Secretary of State for International Development
  2. Minister of State for Employment
  3. Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury

Announcements

  1. Home Secretary oral statement on health measures at the border
  2. Public health border measures to come into force next week
  3. Hundreds of arrests and deal lines closed as police crackdown on county lines gangs
  4. Windrush Compensation Scheme pays out £360,000 within first year
  5. Home Secretary's opening statement to the government’s daily briefing on coronavirus
  6. Home Secretary announces new public health measures for all UK arrivals
  7. Further visa extensions for those unable to return home due to coronavirus
  8. New measures announced ahead of Hidden Harms Summit
  9. Home Office extends bereavement scheme to NHS support staff and social care workers
  10. Government to publish paper on group-based offending