Penny Mordaunt appointed new UK Defence Secretary

Penny Mordaunt in Kenya
Armed Forces Minister Penny Mordaunt visits British troops in Kenya. Photo: Twitter/ArmyPost

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, has been appointed Defence Secretary following the sacking of Gavin Williamson over the leak of information about Chinese telecoms company Huawei.

Penny Mordaunt in Kenya
Armed Forces Minister Penny Mordaunt visits British troops in Kenya. Photo: Twitter/ArmyPost

Ms Mordaunt, who becomes the first woman to hold the position, will continue to serve as minister for women and equalities, Number 10 have said.

Penny Mordaunt in Kenya
Armed Forces Minister Penny Mordaunt visits British troops in Kenya. Photo: Twitter/ArmyPost

A former junior minister at the Ministry of Defence., the MP for Portsmouth North has good links with the navy with whom she serves as a reservist.

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