Priti Patel Early Life
Priti Patel was born 29 March, 1972, in London. She attended a comprehensive school in Watford before studying economics at Keele University. She completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Essex. Priti was Secretary of State for International Development from July 2016 to November 2017. Priti served as Minister of State for Employment from May 2015 until July 2016. She was Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from July 2014 to May 2015.
Priti has worked in the communications industry for over ten years and until recently was the Director of Corporate Communications at a major international company. She is a former School Governor, and a supporter of a number of charitable organisations across the constituency. In 2012 she co authored the ‘Britain Unchained’ book along with four other Tory MPs. Between 2014-2015 she was Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, and on 11th May 2015 she was appointed Minister of State for Employment.
Priti Patel Biography and Profile
Priti Patel (Priti Sushil Patel) was born 29 March, 1972, in London to Gujarati parents who fled Uganda in the 1960s. She attended Watford Grammar School; economics degree from Keele University, postgraduate study in British government and politics at University of Essex. She became Treasury minister in 2014 and Minister for Employment in 2015. Appointed Secretary of State for International Development in July 2016.
Priti Patel was first elected as the first Member of Parliament for the Witham constituency in May 2010, Priti was subsequently re-elected in May 2015 and in 2017. Priti was born in London and educated at a comprehensive girls school in Watford. She went on to study economics at Keele University before completing her postgraduate studies at the University of Essex.
Her life experiences were not forged in a bastion of privilege sheltered from the real world. Enterprise and hard work have shaped Priti’s life, values and beliefs. Priti believes strongly in the Conservative values of meritocracy, freedom and aspiration. That the Conservative belief in freedom, free markets and lower taxes empowers people, families and businesses to flourish and be in control of their own destiny.
Secretary of State for International Development
Priti served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for International Development between July 2016 and November 2017. In that role she transformed the delivery of overseas assistance programmes to focus on aid effectiveness, economic development, trade and jobs so that countries can stand on their own two feet. Priti also pioneered new levels of accountability and openness in the use of the aid budget, with reforms and spending controls across the aid sector.
Previously she also held roles in Government as Minister of State for Employment, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and the first UK-India Diaspora Champion. Priti has also previously served as Chair of the APPG for Small Shops, Co-Chair of the APPG for Victims and Witnesses of Crime, and Vice-Chair of the Indo-British APPG. She currently serves as an elected member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee in Parliament.
Priti has been actively involved the Conservative Party since the 1990s. She is a grassroots campaigner and prides herself as a longstanding Conservative Party activist and volunteer over a 30 year period. She has also supported the Party in a number of roles including as an Association Chairman, an elected member of the Conservative Party Board and a member of the 1922 Committee. During the EU Referendum, Priti played in leading role in the Leave campaign and since the Referendum has worked with colleagues to bring the country together to secure a prosperous and successful future outside of the EU.
Priti is a strong voice for Witham, Essex and Britain and believes passionately in the principles of accountability, fairness and in standing up for her constituents.
Priti Appointed Home Secretary in the New Government
On 24 July 2019, Witham MP Priti Patel has been appointed Home Secretary in the new Government administration formed by UK’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Commenting on her appointment Priti said:
“It is a tremendous honour and privilege to be asked to serve in the new administration formed by Boris as Home Secretary. The role comes with significant responsibilities and I will do everything in my power to keep our country safe and secure while fighting the scourge of crime that we see on our streets. I am already working on plans to increase the number of police officers by 20,000 and introduce a new points-based immigration system which the public can have confidence and trust in.”
“While being a member of the Cabinet is a great honour, I will continue to focus on being a strong voice for everyone in the Witham constituency, supporting local communities and helping my constituents with the individual challenges and problems they face.”
Commenting on the formation of the new Government, Priti added: “Boris brings an enormous amount of energy to the heart of Government and his message of optimism and hope means our country now has a fresh start.”
“There is now a strong team in Government who believe in Britain and who are working to deliver Brexit and unify our country. Work is also taking place on developing and implementing an exciting domestic policy programme, to give our country a more prosperous future.”
Priti Patel Quick Facts
- Born: 29 March, 1972, in London to Gujarati parents who fled Uganda in the 1960s.
- She went on to study at Keele and Essex universities before getting a job at Conservative Central Office, which she left to head up the press office for the Referendum Party, under Sir James Goldsmith, from 1995 to 1997.
- After William Hague became Conservative leader, she returned to the party to be his deputy press secretary, from 1997 to 2000.
- She went on to spend a number of years working with the Weber Shandwick public affairs consultancy – advising Ikea and the Meat & Livestock Commission among others – and had a spell as international public policy adviser for drinks giant Diageo.
- Ms Patel sought to get elected to Parliament in 2005 but lost out in Nottingham North. A year later, she was one of those selected for new leader David Cameron’s A-list of candidates and went on to become MP for Witham, Essex, in 2010.
- Elected Witham MP in 2010.
- Became Treasury minister in 2014 and Minister for Employment in 2015.
- Appointed Secretary of State for International Development in July 2016
- She is positioned on the right of the Tory party, voted against gay marriage, campaigned against the smoking ban, and previously advocated bringing back the death penalty, before later saying she did not support it.
- Patel, whose father stood as a UKIP councillor in 2013, cites Margaret Thatcher as her political hero.
- A longstanding Eurosceptic, dating back to at least her Referendum Party days, Ms Patel was a leading figure in the successful Vote Leave campaign.
- There was also controversy when it emerged she once called for the foreign aid department to be scrapped in its current form.
- She told the Daily Telegraph in 2013: “A long-term strategic assessment is required, including the consideration to replace DfID [the Department for International Development] with a Department for International Trade and Development in order to enable the UK to focus on enhancing trade with the developing world and seek out new investment opportunities in the global race.”
- She later said she did want DfID to continue in its current form and backed Britain’s legal commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on aid, although she insisted that it should provide better value for money.
Priti Patel Family
Priti Patel is married and has a young son.
Priti Sushil Patel Biography and Profile (Priti Patel)