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Priti Patel, new UK Home Secretary, keen on improving India-UK ties

July 26, 2019

The new Home Secretary of the United Kingdom, Priti Patel is of Indian origin. Patel, who is big supporter of Brexit, took charge on Wednesday in the new cabinet headed by Boris Johnson.

Patel was expected to get this important post as she has been a major supporter of a campaign to make Boris Johnson the prime minister after Theresa May.

Patel had led the Vote Leave campaign in the lead up to the June 2016 referendum in favour of Britain's exit from the European Union (EU).

Before her appointment was announced, Patel said, "It is important that the Cabinet should represent modern Britain as well as a modern Conservative Party". 47-year-old Priti was first elected as a Conservative MP in 2010 and became prominent in the then Tory government as his Indian Diaspora Champion.

She went on to take charge of junior ministerial posts, Treasury minister in 2014 and then Employment Minister after the 2015 General Election, before May promoted her to Secretary of State in the Department for International Development (DfID) in 2016 until she was forced to resign in 2017.

After she won a landslide victory in the Tory leadership contest, she told the media that with Boris Johnson leading the Conservative Party and as Prime Minister, the UK finally has a leader who believes in Britain.

United Kingdom will have a Leader who believes in Britain, will implement a new vision for the future of the country and a roadmap to move forward and thrive as a self-governing nation that re-establishes our ties with our friends and allies around the world such as India. He is committed to securing new and improved trading relationship with our friends in India and ensuring that the values we share - the rule of law, democracy, and dynamic entrepreneurial spirit should be at the heart of one of our most important partners on the global stage. - Priti Patel, Home Secretary, United Kingdom

Patel is seen as a champion of India-UK ties. Of Gujarati-origin, she is an avid supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the UK. "We are soon to have a new PM in the UK, which will provide a welcome change in how we engage India''s re-elected PM Modi," she said recently.

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