Theresa May appoints Brexiteer Penny Mordaunt to UK Cabinet

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Even after the referendum, however, many Conservatives have remained distinctly unenthusiastic about pulling out of the EU. This was, as her leader and prime minister David Cameron gently pointed out, "completely wrong", because the United Kingdom has the right to veto any country's accession to the EU.

The reply ended a day of intense political drama as news channels tracked Patels flight back from Africa, where she had left for an official visit after her initial apology over undisclosed meetings while on holiday in Israel in August.

But the most important consideration in this minimal reshuffle was to maintain the balance in Cabinet between Remainers and Leavers.

But fellow Brexit campaigner Iain Duncan Smith said she was "very good, competent, very presentable and has a lot of common sense".

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May faced down plots to oust her last month but is now battling to contain a sexual-harassment scandal that caused her defense secretary to resign and has left other ministers facing internal investigations over allegations of inappropriate behavior. The reaction to Williamson's appointment came mainly from those MPs resentful of his closeness to the Prime Minister and lack of experience as a departmental minister.

Penny Mordaunt was promoted from the work and pensions department to the job overseeing Britain's foreign aid as secretary of state for global development.

But it is her status as a Brexiteer that was probably decisive.

He now serves as a joint DFID and Foreign Office minister. She has to manage the Tory factions as if they were separate parties.

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The Tory coalition with the Lib Dems did last because of the so-called "quad" in which Mr Cameron and George Osborne met with Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander.

But May's middle position is as much a strength as a weakness. "By voting to leave we can take back control of our immigration policies, save our curry houses and join the rest of the world, ' she told the London Evening Standard newspaper in May 2016".

- Anne Milton, who has held front bench roles in both opposition and Government since 2006. No government officials were present at the 12 meetings, which was also in breach of ministerial guidelines.

Sooner or later, May will have to choose sides in her own party's civil war.

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British Prime Minster Theresa May today replaced Priti Patel with Penny Mordaunt as the UKs new worldwide development minister, a day after the Indian- origin MP resigned over her unauthorised secret meetings with Israeli politicians while on a holiday in the Jewish country. Some may see her promotion today as a consolation prize.

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