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Penny Mordaunt is a British politician serving as the Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council since September 2022. She was previously Minister of State for Trade Policy since 2021. She has been a Member of Parliament (MP) for Portsmouth North since 2010. A member of the Conservative Party, Mordaunt served in Theresa May’s Cabinet as Secretary of State for International Development from 2017 to 2019 and Secretary of State for Defence in 2019.
Mordaunt served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Decentralisation from 2014 to 2015, prior to being appointed Minister of State for the Armed Forces in 2015, the first woman to hold the post. Following Theresa May’s appointment as Prime Minister, Mordaunt was appointed Minister of State for Disabled People, Work and Health. In 2017, following the resignation of Priti Patel, Mordaunt was appointed Secretary of State for International Development. She also served as Minister for Women and Equalities from 2018 to 2019.
In May 2019, Mordaunt was appointed Secretary of State for Defence, replacing Gavin Williamson. She served as Defence Secretary for 85 days and was the first woman to hold the post. In the 2020 cabinet reshuffle, Mordaunt re-entered the government as Paymaster General. In the 2021 cabinet reshuffle, she was appointed Minister of State for Trade Policy. She is currently the only female MP who is a Royal Naval Reservist.
Penelope Mary Mordaunt FRSA was born on March 4, 1973 (age 49 years) in Torquay, Devon, United Kingdom. She is the daughter of a former paratrooper, one of the twins, she was named after the Arethusa-class cruiser HMS Penelope. Her father, John Mordaunt, born at Hilsea Barracks, served in the Parachute Regiment before retraining as a teacher. Mordaunt has two brothers: James and a younger brother, Edward. Through her mother, Jennifer (née Snowden),
Mordaunt is of Irish ancestry, being a descendant of Denis and Mary Mordaunt, who was born in County Wexford, then in the Kingdom of Ireland during the late 18th century, based on a genealogy website about her clan, maintained by her uncle, Henry Mordaunt. she is a relative of Philip Snowden, the first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer. Dame Angela Lansbury is her grandmother’s cousin. Mordaunt was educated at Oaklands Roman Catholic School Academy, Waterlooville, Hampshire and studied drama at the Victoryland Theatre School.
When Penny Mordaunt was 15 her mother died of breast cancer. Mordaunt’s twin brother left school, so she became Edward’s prime caregiver. The following year her father was diagnosed with cancer, from which he recovered. To pay her way through sixth-form college, Mordaunt became a magician’s assistant to Portsmouth magician Will Ayling.
She has attributed her interest in politics to her experiences working in hospitals and orphanages of Romania in her gap year, whilst that country was in the aftermath of the 1989 revolution. Mordaunt read philosophy at the University of Reading, graduating in 1995 with upper second class honours. She was the first member of her family to attend university. Mordaunt was active in student politics and served as president of the Reading University Students’ Union.
Penny Mordaunt’s employment was focused on public relations in various sectors after graduation. Under Prime Minister John Major she was Head of Youth for the Conservative Party, before working for two years as Head of Broadcasting for the party under party leader William Hague. She then worked as a communications specialist for the Freight Transport Association before, in 2000, working briefly as Head of Foreign Press for George W. Bush’s presidential campaign.
Mordaunt was director of communications for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea from 2001 to 2003, before leaving to set up a new Anglo-American website called ‘virtualconservatives’. She worked for the Bush campaign again in 2004. She was a director at the Community Fund – which merged administratively with the New Opportunities Fund to create the Big Lottery Fund – and, in 2006, became one of six directors at charity Diabetes UK.
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In November 2003 Penny Mordaunt was selected as a Conservative candidate to contest Portsmouth North in the 2005 general election. She attained a 5.5% swing towards the Conservatives but lost to Labour candidate Sarah McCarthy-Fry by 1,139 votes. A critic of women-only shortlists, Mordaunt worked after the 2005 election as chief of staff for David Willetts’ aborted leadership campaign.
Penny Mordaunt was re-elected in January 2006 to contest Portsmouth North at the 2010 general election. At the election, she won the seat with an 8.6% swing from Labour giving her a 7,289 majority. She was re-elected in the 2015, 2017, and 2019 general elections. After her election, she was a member of the Public Bill Committee for the Defence Reform Act 2014.
Mordaunt is a supporter of homeopathy, having signed an early-day motion in support of its continued funding in the National Health Service. Mordaunt served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Decentralisation from 2014 to 2015, prior to being appointed Minister of State for the Armed Forces in 2015, the first woman to hold the post.
When receiving the Speech of the Year award at The Spectator magazine’s Parliamentarian of the Year Awards in November 2014, Mordaunt said that she had delivered a speech in the House of Commons just before the Easter recess in 2013 on poultry welfare so as to use the word “cock”, as a forfeit for a misdemeanor during Naval Reserve training. She used the word “cock” six times and “lay” or “laid” five times. Following her comments, she was accused by Labour MP Kate Hoey of trivializing parliament.
In 2014, Penny Mordaunt became only the second woman in Elizabeth II’s reign (the first having been Lady Tweedsmuir in 1957) to propose the loyal address in reply to the Queen’s speech from the throne and made reference to Tweedsmuir’s comments about wanting more female involvement in Parliament.
In 2014, Mordaunt appeared on the reality television program Splash! Although some criticized the media appearance, questioning whether her focus should instead have been on her constituency work, Mordaunt stated that the response was overwhelmingly positive and defended her appearance, stating that she was donating all of her £10,000 appearance fee plus any additional sponsorship to charity; £7,000 towards the renovation of her local lido and the rest to four armed services charities.
Penny Mordaunt supported the leave, or Brexit, option in the EU membership referendum. However, in June 2020, in response to vandalism of war memorials, Mordaunt stated: “I would like to suggest that for some found guilty of vandalizing such memorials they might benefit from some time spent with our service personnel – perhaps at a battle camp. That might give them a new appreciation of just what these people go through for their sakes.”
Mordaunt said in June 2020 that some Overseas Development Assistance should instead be spent on a replacement for the Royal Yacht Britannia. However, Mordaunt was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 9 November 2017, after Priti Patel resigned over a series of apparently secret and unauthorized meetings she had with Israeli politicians while on holiday.
In February 2018, an investigation by The Times newspaper revealed allegations of misconduct by Oxfam staff operating in Haiti, in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. Mordaunt argued that Oxfam, which received £32m in Government funds in the previous financial year, had failed in its “moral leadership” over the “scandal”. She also said that Oxfam did “absolutely the wrong thing” by not reporting the detail of the allegations to the Government. Mordaunt felt it was important for aid organizations to report offenses because she believed that there were paedophiles “targeting” the charity sector in order to carry out predatory activities.
Penny Mordaunt became Minister for Women and Equalities in April 2018, replacing Amber Rudd, who had resigned following the Windrush scandal. In July 2018 she became the first minister to use sign language from the Dispatch Box in the House of Commons in an announcement about a forthcoming Global Disability Conference, to applause from all sides.
In March 2019, Mordaunt was criticized in a newspaper article by anti-trans campaigner Maya Forstater who claimed she had not answered her satisfaction questions on sex and gender during a Mumsnet webchat held on International Women’s Day. In Parliament, she previously sat on the Privacy and Injunctions (Joint Committee), the Defence Committee, the European Scrutiny Committee, and the Committees on Arms Export Controls (formerly Quadripartite Committee).
Secretary of State for Defence
On 1 May 2019, Penny Mordaunt was appointed as the first-ever female secretary of state for defense following the dismissal of Gavin Williamson after an inquiry into a leak over a plan to allow Huawei limited access in connection with the UK’s 5G network. After Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, Mordaunt left the Government on 24 July 2019.
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In a cabinet reshuffle in February 2020, Mordaunt re-entered the Government, joining the Cabinet Office as Paymaster General in succession to Oliver Dowden. She was the UK alternate co-chair of the EU Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee. She was made Minister of State for Trade Policy in the 2021 cabinet reshuffle. Penny Mordaunt is currently the only female MP who is a Royal Naval Reservist.
Penny Mordaunt was married to her first husband Paul Murray from 1999 to 2000. She met her ex-husband Paul Murray in 1999 when they were both mature students at Reading University, but this ended in divorce the following year. She was later in a long-term relationship with Ian Lyon, a classical singer. As of mid-2022, Penny Mordaunt is still not married. However, Mordaunt is a Royal Naval Reservist, serving as an acting Sub-Lieutenant, at HMS King Alfred on Whale Island. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she is a member of the British Astronomical Association and as of 2013 was chair of the Wymering Manor Trust.
Penny Mordaunt net worth
How much is Penny Mordaunt worth? Penny Mordaunt net worth is estimated at around $4 million. Her main source of income is from her career as a politician. Mordaunt’s salary per month with other career earnings is over $1 million annually. She is one of the richest and influential politicians in the United Kingdom. Penny Mordaunt stands at an appealing height of 1.83m and has a good body weight which suits her personality.