Penelope Mary Mordaunt is a British Conservative politician was born on 4 March 1973. Penny has lived in Portsmouth since she was 2-years-old. Mordaunt was previously the minister for international development. Her father, who was born in Hilsea barracks, was in the Paras before becoming a teacher at Oak Park school and later a youth worker for Hampshire Council. Penny Mordaunt Biography and Profile.