Secretary of State for International Development

The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP


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. Statement from Priti Patel on UN Yemen appeal

    • Press release
  2. Patel: Syria progress at risk without new push in 2017

    • Press release
  3. UK steps up work to protect women and girls from trafficking and provide winter care for vulnerable refugees

    • Press release
  4. UK scales up humanitarian relief efforts in Somalia

    • News story
  5. UK to boost jobs and trade for world’s poorest countries

    • Press release
  6. Priti Patel statement in response to $8bn appeal for Syria in 2017

    • Press release
  7. UK steps up investments in global fight to end malaria

    • Press release
  8. Britain sends lifesaving aid to the people of Aleppo

    • Press release
  9. Launch of World Malaria Report 2016

    • Speech
  10. UK to make disability a global priority

    • News story