Penny Mordaunt MP appointed fire minister in Cabinet reshuffle

Posted On 25 May 2014
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Penny Mordaunt” MP for Portsmouth North” has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government. Mordaunt will be responsible for fire, resilience and emergencies as well as planning, coastal communities, local growth and enterprise zones. After studying Philosophy at Reading University, Mordaunt served as an aid worker in post-revolutionary Romania before becoming head of broadcasting at Conservative Central Office. Mordaunt was head of foreign press for George W Bush’s presidential election campaign, and also founded her own media company (which she sold in 2010). The MP has served in various capacities in Parliament, having sat on both the European Scrutiny Committee, Defence Select Committee and APPGs for Life Science and for Ageing and Older People. In 2013, Mordaunt was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to (then) Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond. Following her appointment, Mordaunt commented:” It’s a very huge honour to have been made a member of the Government. I’m extremely proud and hope it will inspire others in the city to pursue their dreams and put themselves out there for whatever it is that they want.” Eric Pickles will remain Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

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