Secretary of State for International Development

The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP

Biography

Priti Patel was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 14 July 2016. She 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 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

Announcements

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  1. International Development Secretary welcomes Call to Action on modern slavery

    • Press release
  2. International Development Secretary calls for vital reform of the United Nations.

    • Press release
  3. Priti Patel: Modern Slavery

    • Speech
  4. Priti Patel: UNGA High Level Event on UN Development System Reform

    • Speech
  5. UK ready to respond to Hurricane Maria

    • Press release
  6. UK aid continues to arrive for Hurricane Irma victims

    • Press release
  7. £1.3m raised for Hurricane Irma British Red Cross Appeal

    • News story
  8. Hurricane Irma update

    • Press release
  9. UK matches public donations to Hurricane Irma British Red Cross Appeal

    • Press release
  10. Violence in Burma: statement from Priti Patel

    • News story