July 2019 \ Diaspora News \
Priti Patel is Home Secretary

Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed Indian-origin ...

  • Ms Priti Patel

Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed Indian-origin politician Priti Patel as Home Secretary. The 47-year-old who was a Member of Parliament (MP) from Witham in Essex since 2010 and has played a leading role in Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign, takes over from Sajid Javid, who has been appointed Chancellor by the Prime Minister.

Mr Javid, who was in the prime ministerial race, will be replacing Philip Hammond, who resigned in protest against the election of Mr Johnson as the PM. Ms Patel has supported Johnson’s bid for an early Brexit. She was sacked by former PM Theresa May in 2017 for breaching the ministerial code after holding unauthorized meetings with Israeli politicians.

Mr Johnson also named Brexit hardliner Dominic Raab as the Foreign Secretary. Mr Raab, 45, was also named as Mr Johnson’s effective deputy. He had resigned as Brexit minister in May’s government last year objecting to the divorce deal struck with Brussels, saying it offered too many compromises.