Priti Patel appointed Home Secretary in PM Boris Johnson’s new Cabinet

Home Secretary Priti Patel

Home Secretary Priti Patel

Not long after Theresa May’s final joust at Prime Minister’s Questions with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons on Wednesday 24 July, the newly-crowned Prime Minister Boris Johnson began to assemble the constituent members of his new Cabinet for Government. It soon emerged that Priti Patel, the Conservative MP for Witham in Essex since 2010, has been appointed to the role of Home Secretary with former incumbent Sajid Javid moving to become Chancellor of the Exchequer and succeed Philip Hammond.

Patel served as International Development Secretary from 2016-2017 having initially been involved with the Referendum Party until switching to the Conservatives.

Educated at Keele University and then the University of Essex, Patel’s initial foray into the world of commerce saw her working in PR with the Weber Shandwick consultancy for several years. A desire to move into political circles led to Patel unsuccessfully contesting to lead the Nottingham North constituency at the 2005 General Election.

Patel was elected MP for Witham at the 2010 General Election before being re-elected in both 2015 and 2017. Serving in the David Cameron-led Government, Patel was appointed Minister of State for Employment.

Patel meets the press outside the Home Office's Marsham Street headquarters in central London

Patel meets the press outside the Home Office’s Marsham Street headquarters in central London

Patel is known to be a Euro sceptic and, indeed, proved to be a leading voice in the Vote Leave campaign during the build-up to the 2016 European Union Referendum.

Patel – who becomes the first woman of ethnic minority descent to hold the office of Home Secretary – supported Theresa May for the Tory leadership when Cameron stepped down, at which juncture May appointed Patel as International Development Secretary.

Assuming the role of Home Secretary on the evening of Wednesday 24 July, Patel spoke outside the Government Department’s headquarters at Marsham Street in central London and stated: “It’s a great honour to be appointed Home Secretary. With this great Office of State comes significant responsibility and I will do everything in my power to keep our country safe and our people secure and also to fight the scourge of crime that we see on our streets. I want to thank my predecessor Sajid Javid for his commitment to the Home Office and law and order. I now look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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