Penny Mordaunt

British politician (born 1973)

Penelope Mary Mordaunt (born 4 March 1973) is a British Conservative Party politician who served as Leader of the House of Commons from September 2022 until 2024. Mordaunt was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Portsmouth North from the 2010 to the 2024 general election. She served as Minister for Women and Equalities from 2018 to 2019 and Secretary of State for International Development from 2017 to 2019. She was briefly Secretary of State for Defence from May to July 2019.

Penny Mordaunt

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2018

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2019

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  • In recent days, in my discussions that I have had with people on the EU side of the negotiating table, I am really optimistic and I think they understand they have to move on some things. I voted to Leave and I still remain optimistic that we can get a good deal for the UK.

2022–present

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  • First of all, let me address the comments the honourable lady makes about my facial expressions: my resting face is that of a bulldog chewing a wasp, and people shouldn’t read too much into that.
  • What happened was completely wrong and the prime minister has rightly apologised for that, apologised to veterans but also to all of us, because he was representing all of us.
    I'm from Portsmouth, I have also been defence secretary and my wish is, at the end of this week, is that all of our veterans feel completely treasured.
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