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Latest news on Penny Mordaunt, a British politician, member of the Conservative Party, and MP for Portsmouth North since 2010, born 4 March 1973.

Mordaunt was elected to the House of Commons in May 2010. Under the coalition government of David Cameron, she served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Decentralisation from 2014 to 2015. After the 2015 general election, Cameron promoted her to Minister of State for the Armed Forces, making her the first woman to hold the post.

Mordaunt supported Brexit in the 2016 referendum on EU membership. Following Theresa May's appointment as Prime Minister, Mordaunt was appointed Minister of State for Disabled People, Work and Health. In 2017, she was appointed Secretary of State for International Development following the resignation of Priti Patel. She also served as Minister for Women and Equalities from 2018 to 2019.

In May 2019, Mordaunt was appointed Secretary of State for Defence, becoming the first woman to hold the post. She served as Defence Secretary for 85 days before being removed from the position by new Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In the February 2020 reshuffle, she re-entered government as Paymaster General. In 2021, she was appointed Minister of State for Trade Policy.

In July 2022, Mordaunt ran for in the contest to be next leader of the Conservative Party and therefore the next prime minister. She was eliminated in the penultimate round of voting among Conservative MPs, finishing in third place behind Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.

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