London: Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed Indian-origin politician Priti Patel as Home Secretary. Also Read - Secret Graffiti Artist 'Banksy' Auctions Three Paintings For Children's Hospital in Bethlehem, Artworks Fetch £2.2 Million
The 47-year-old who was a Member of Parliament (MP) from Witham in Essex since 2010 and has played a leading role in Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign, takes over from Sajid Javid, who has been appointed Chancellor by the Prime Minister. Also Read - After Being Thrown in Bristol Harbour Last Month, Slave Trader Edward Colston's Statue Replaced by Sculpture of Black Protester Jen Reid
Javid, who was in the prime ministerial race, will be replacing Philip Hammond, who resigned in protest against the election of Johnson as the PM. Also Read - Here Are 6 Countries That Will Pay You to Visit Them Once COVID-19 Pandemic is Over
Patel has supported Johnson’s bid for an early Brexit.
She was sacked by Theresa May in 2017 for breaching the ministerial code after holding unauthorized meetings with Israeli politicians.
Johnson also named Brexit hardliner Dominic Raab the Foreign Secretary.
Raab, 45, was also named as Johnson’s effective deputy. He had resigned as Brexit minister in May’s government last year objecting to the divorce deal struck with Brussels, saying it offered too many compromises.
The new British PM, immediately after taking oath, reiterated that the UK will exit the European Union by October 31. Johnson claimed that he would succeed in negotiating a deal with the EU before leaving the conglomerate.