Priti Patel appointed Britain’s 1st Indian-origin Home Secretary
London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday appointed Indian origin Priti Patel as the Home Secretary of the country. She is the first Indian-origin to hold the prestigious post in Britain.
Priti Patel, an ardent Brexiteer was among the most vocal critics of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy. After her appointment, she said it is important that the Cabinet should represent modern Britain as well as a modern Conservative Party.
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The 47-year-old leader was first elected as a Conservative MP in 2010 and gained prominence in the then David Cameron led Tory government as his Indian Diaspora Champion.
A long-standing Eurosceptic, Priti Patel went on to be appointed to junior ministerial posts, Treasury minister in 2014 and then Employment Minister after the 2015 General Election, before Theresa May promoted her to Secretary of State in the Department for International Development (DfID) in 2016 until she was forced to resign the post in 2017.