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British PM replaces Priti Patel with pro-Brexit MP in Cabinet

British PM replaces Priti Patel with pro-Brexit MP in Cabinet

But while some were angry about Ms Patel's departure, there is significantly less hostility to her replacement's appointment than Sir Michael's.

As of yet, no further revelations have been made about her meetings, or if the Prime Minister Theresa May had any knowledge about them.

The quick Cabinet reshuffle had become necessary after 45-year-old Patel was forced to resign from her Cabinet post in charge of the Department for International Development (DfID) yesterday after days of controversy surrounding a series of unauthorised meetings she had held with Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In her resignation letter, Priti noted, "While my actions were meant with the best of intentions, my actions also fell below the standards of transparency and openness that I have promoted and advanced".

"The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Penny Mordaunt MP as secretary of state for worldwide development", a statement from Downing Street said.

In her reply, May said: "As you know the United Kingdom and Israel are close allies, and it is right that we should work closely together".

Patel broke ministerial rules when, while on vacation in August, she met with politicians and businessmen from Israel without informing the UK Foreign Office or Downing Street; however, in an interview with the Guardian on Friday, Patel did claim she informed Boris Johnson, UK secretary of state for foreign affairs, about the meetings.

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Patel was the second Cabinet member in a week to depart May's embattled government, which faces multiple crises that include divisions over Brexit and allegations of sexual misbehavior in politics.

She served for a time as an aid worker before entering parliament and is also a serving Royal Navy reservist.

Before becoming an MP, she was director of communications for the National Lottery, head of campaigns for Diabetes UK and head of foreign press for George Bush's 2000 and 2004 presidential election campaigns.

While receiving a prize at the Spectator awards for a different innuendo-laden Commons speech, she revealed the cock speech's origins.

She took part in a celebrity television diving show in 2014, giving her appearance fee to a local swimming pool.

But leading pro-European lawmaker Chuka Umunna, of the opposition Labour party, tweeted: "This is the same minister who falsely claimed Turkey was about to join the European Union (during the referendum)".


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