Penny Mordaunt

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Person.png Penny Mordaunt   Twitter WebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Born4 March 1973
WEF/Young Global Leader: future UK Prime Minister?

Employment.png Leader of the House of Commons,  Lord President of the Council

In office
6 September 2022 - Present
Appointed byLiz Truss

Employment.png UK/Minister for Trade Policy

In office
16 September 2021 - 6 September 2022
Appointed byBoris Johnson

Employment.png UK/Defence Secretary Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
1 May 2019 - 24 July 2019
Appointed byTheresa May
Preceded byGavin Williamson
Succeeded byBen Wallace

Employment.png Secretary of State for International Development

In office
9 November 2017 - 1 May 2019
Appointed byTheresa May
Succeeded byRory Stewart

Employment.png Minister for Women and Equalities Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
30 April 2018 - 24 July 2019
Appointed byTheresa May
Preceded byAmber Rudd
Succeeded byAmber Rudd

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Portsmouth North

In office
6 May 2010 - Present

Penelope Mary Mordaunt [1] is a Conservative Party politician who was appointed Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council by Liz Truss in September 2022.

Theresa May appointed Penny Mordaunt to her 'dream job' as Secretary of State for Defence on 1 May 2019,[2] following the sacking of Gavin Williamson.[3] Two months later, she was sacked as Defence Secretary by the new PM Boris Johnson and replaced by Ben Wallace.[4]

Penny Mordaunt was described as a 'dark horse candidate' for Prime Minister to replace Boris Johnson[5] but was eliminated from the race after picking up the backing of only 105 Tory MPs, compared to Rishi Sunak with the backing of 137 colleagues and Liz Truss who gained the support of 113 in the fifth round of voting.[6]

On 21 October 2022, following the resignation of Liz Truss, Penny Mordaunt confirmed she would stand in the October 2022 Conservative Party leadership election.[7] On 24 October 2022, she withdrew from the contest, leaving Rishi Sunak to become Leader of the Conservative Party and the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.[8]

Ministerial experience

Penny Mordaunt has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Portsmouth North since the 2010 UK General Election, and served in the Cameron Government as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government prior to[9][10] being appointed Minister of State for the Armed Forces at the Ministry of Defence in May 2015, the first woman to hold this post.[11]

From July 2016 to November 2017, she served in the May Government as Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, and in November 2017 she was appointed International Development Secretary.[12]

On 1 May 2019, Penny Mordaunt was appointed Defence Secretary after Gavin Williamson was dismissed by Prime Minister Theresa May following a leak of highly classified information from the National Security Council.[13] She is the first woman to have held this post.

Future Prime Minister

Mordaunt launched her bid to replace Boris Johnson,[14] touting her navy experience.[15]

In an impassioned speech at her campaign launch, she claimed that, were she Prime Minister, she would bring back traditional Tory values, but this claim appeared to evaporate before she'd even left the building as it emerged she was little more than another Schwab puppet.

Mordaunt has written her own version of Schwab's Great Reset for Britain, called "Greater Britain After the Storm" in which she makes the same sort of claims as Schwab about the world, society and the economy. A book that the Telegraph called: "The most important political book nobody has read, yet".

The foreword of the book is by one Bill Gates, a personal friend of Mordaunt's and someone who sits at the top table of the world's elite.

Her campaign for the Tory leadership was also peppered with key words and phrases that allude to the WEF's 'Great Reset'. Tweeting in the third person Mordaunt wrote:

"Penny Mordaunt will deliver the new economic vision that Britain needs" and thanked Gerard Lyons for reprinting her press release saying she'll 'Reset the economy'.[16]

If Mordaunt becomes PM, Britain will be subjected to all of the Neo-Marxist ideologies espoused by Schwab: Total control of your money, food, power, and the internet. Don't let the glossy veneer fool you; Mordaunt represents a threat to democracy itself.[17]


George Galloway on Mordaunt's candidacy

Clifford Thurlow writes:

Penny Mordaunt is the clean cut lady from the shires with an earthy smile and a heart of stone. Her voting record is one of suppressing any help for working people and every hand out going for the rich and the bankers.

Mordaunt voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits and against raising benefits in line with prices. She voted to reduce housing benefit for tenants deemed to have an extra bedroom (which Labour described as the 'bedroom tax'), and against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed.

To keep her extreme-right values polished like the family silverware, Ms Mordaunt has consistently voted to reduce corporation tax and for mass surveillance of people’s communications and activities. She voted for the disastrous privatisation of Royal Mail and against measures to prevent climate change.

She will make an excellent Prime Minister for the corporations, oil companies, American pharmaceutical giants carving up the NHS, the arms industry and every dodgy landlord, gang boss in the construction industry and chums who hide their money in secret accounts and don’t pay tax.[18]

Speaking to Bill Gates

Foreword by Bill Gates to Mordaunt's book

In January 2018, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt stood alongside Bill Gates at an Edinburgh University seminar and spoke on the subject "How science and innovation has the power to transform agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa". Her speech concluded:

The UK is, and will remain, an outward-looking global research super-power.

We are proud of our outward-looking research culture here in the UK – and this government is committed to maintaining our position as a global leader in this field.

But no one country has all the answers today. We need to work across continents on bold, innovative solutions that harness the best of human ingenuity.

We know we can deliver spectacular results when we pool our resources and expertise.

To do this, we will continue to drive innovation through our strong partnerships – with UK academia, with the private sector and with our friends at the Gates Foundation.

Harnessing UK technology and innovation will help us reduce poverty and alleviate suffering and delivers a safer, more secure world for Britain too.[19]

Reality TV

In 2014 Mordaunt was a contestant on ITV show Splash!, in which celebrities learned to dive.[20] She donated all of her £10,000 appearance fee to veterans charities.[21]

Royal Naval Reservist

Prior becoming an MP, Mordaunt worked in business and communications and is currently the only female MP who is a Royal Naval Reservist. Following a training exercise in 2014, Acting Sub-Lieutenant Penny Mordaunt MP, who also belongs to HMS King Alfred, said:

“This was by far the most challenging exercise I’ve taken part in and you really felt that all the skills, knowledge and resilience you’d built up over training were being tested to the max.”[22]



Event Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/201922 January 201925 January 2019Switzerland
World Economic Forum


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