Posted on May 2, 2019
Penny Mordaunt: Who Is The New Defence Secretary?
Ms Mordaunt has previously held ministerial roles and is also a reservist in the Royal Navy.
Royal Navy reservist Penny Mordaunt has been appointed Defence Secretary, following the sacking of Gavin Williamson.
She says she is “delighted to be back at the Ministry of Defence” and described taking the role as “an honour and privilege”.
The Prime Minister dismissed Mr Williamson as Defence Secretary, following an investigation into the leak of information from a National Security Council meeting.
In taking the role, Ms Mordaunt becomes the first ever female Defence Secretary.
She will take up the post, having previously served as Minister for International Development, and previously as a defence minister.
The 46-year-old retains the job of minister for women and equalities.
First elected to Parliament as MP for Portsmouth North in 2010, Ms Mordaunt achieved ministerial rank under David Cameron between 2014 and 2016 and was appointed minister for disabled people when Theresa May took power in 2016.
She is possibly best known outside of Westminster for donning her swimsuit in the TV show Splash! in 2014, when she joined celebrities to be trained in diving by Olympian Tom Daley.
The daughter of a paratrooper-turned-teacher, she serves as an acting sub-lieutenant of the Portsmouth-based HMS King Alfred.
Here is a summary of her voting record on defence:
Voted against an investigation into the contrast between public statements and private actions in the run up to the Iraq war.
Consistently voted for use of UK military forces in combat operations overseas.
Consistently voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system.
Consistently voted against strengthening the Military Covenant.
Consistently voted for military action against so-called Islamic State.