Priti Patel was born 29 March, 1972, in London to Gujarati parents who fled Uganda in the 1960s. She attended a comprehensive school in Watford before studying economics at Keele University. She completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Essex. riti 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. She was Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from July 2014 to May 2015. Priti Patel Biography and Profile.