May Aims to End Crisis With New UK Cabinet Appointment

Julian Smith

But others, including prominent Brexit-backer Jacob Rees-Mogg, say her replacement does not necessarily have to have supported Leave before the referendum, as long as they now accept the United Kingdom is leaving the EU.

It is the second mini-reshuffle in a week - after Ms Patel followed Sir Michael Fallon out of the Cabinet.

Ms Patel was a leading Leave campaigner, and there are calls from some some Brexiteers that her Cabinet position should be filled with a like-minded MP.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has named a pro-Brexit lawmaker to succeed Priti Patel as secretary of worldwide development a day after the latter resigned.

She was first elected to parliament in 2010 as a Tory MP for Portsmouth North.

A prominent Leave supporter in last year's European Union referendum and a former armed forces minister, Mordaunt had been rumoured to be in the running to replace Sir Michael Fallon after he quit as defence secretary last week.

His diplomatic career took him to Iraq, where he became deputy governor of two provinces following the 2003 invasion.

May has often been compared to John Major recently, who also held together a Tory government divided on the question of Europe for longer than seemed possible.

Tata Motors triples profits with strong JLR sales
The company has been grappling with losses in India as its commercial vehicles models ceded market share to Daimler and Volvo. The second-quarter retail sales at JLR grew 5% to 1.49 lakh units, with its top market China clocking an increase of 27%.

She worked as a magician's assistant to help fund her sixth-form studies, and topped a 2011 poll of the sexiest MPs. She straddles the Leave-Remain divide as one of the most reluctant Remainers before the referendum who has since sought to deliver an uncompromising version of Brexit.

He now serves as a joint DFID and Foreign Office minister and backed Remain during the referendum.

Reports in the Jewish Chronicle, however, suggested that Patel had disclosed these meetings to Downing Street but was advised not to reveal details of them as they could embarrass the British Foreign Office: something Downing Street has strenuously denied.

Priti Patel resigned as the Secretary of State for International Development - responsible for promoting development overseas, particularly in developing countries.

The meetings were held without other United Kingdom officials present and related to sensitive areas of British foreign policy.

In a statement announcing her resignation, Mrs Patel admitted that her actions "fell below the high standards that are expected of a secretary of state". "I offer a fulsome apology to you and to the Government for what has happened and offer my resignation", Patel had said in her resignation letter addressed to May.

"But that must be done formally, and through official channels. Now that further details have come to light it is right you have made a decision to resign", May said.

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