Who is Penny Mordaunt and is she a Brexiteer? First ever UK female defence secretary following Gavin Williamson sacking over Huawei leak – The Sun

PENNY Mordaunt is the UK’s first ever female defence secretary after Gavin Williamson was sacked.

We explain who she is and where she stands on Brexit. Here’s what we know.

Who is Penny Mordaunt?

Penny Mordaunt was born on March 4, 1973 in Torquay, Devon.

She graduated from the University of Reading in 1995 with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy.

Ms Mordaunt was briefly the Head of Foreign Press for George W Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000.

She entered British politics in the 2005 general elections, where she lost by 1,139 votes.

In the 2010 general election, Ms Mordaunt was elected the MP for Portsmouth North and she was re-elected in 2015 and 2017.

Ms Mordaunt was appointed as the Minister of State for the Armed Forces in 2015 and in 2016 she was appointed as the Minister of State for Disabled people.

In November 2017, she was appointed to the Secretary of State for International Development.

When did she appear on Splash!?

In 2014, Penny appeared on the reality TV programme Splash!

She received criticism for appearing on the show saying she should have focused on her constituency work.

Ms Mordaunt defended herself saying she would donate her £10,000 appearance fee to charity, which she did.

When was Penny appointed to Defence Secretary?

On May 1, Ms Mordaunt became the first ever female Defence Secretary following the sacking of Gavin Williamson.

Theresa May booted Mr Williamson out of the Cabinet last night, accusing him of being responsible for the leak from the ultra-secretive NSC.

The ex-minister could face an investigation into whether he broke the Official Secrets act by leaking details of a meeting with spies.


IN FOR A PENNY Penny Mordaunt appointed as Britain’s first ever female Defence Secretary

What is her position on Brexit?

During the 2016 referendum she supported Brexit.

She was one of the leading faces of the Vote Leave campaign.

Passionate Brexiteer Mordaunt has committed one major political gaffe, when she wrongly claimed Britain would not be able to veto Turkey joining the EU, which got her a furious dressing-down from then boss Mr Cameron.

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