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Daily Mail | New UK Employment Minister Priti Patel is the daughter of a Ugandan shopkeeper who fled Idi Amin for Britain

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Posted May 13, 2015 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in London Dispatch ~ 3,836 views

     

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Britain’s new jobs minister is the daughter of a Ugandan shopkeeper who fled east Africa in the 1970s and joined UKIP after arriving into the UK.

Priti Patel, 43, was revealed as the new jobs minister in Prime Minister David Cameron’s latest re-shuffle which came as part of a bid to shed his image of being out of touch.

Ms Patel, a married mother-of-one, will be only the second Asian woman to sit in the Cabinet, after former Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi.

She is the daughter of Sushil Patel, 64, who stood for UKIP two years ago and caused a furore after trying to withdraw his candidacy for the party just 90 minutes after it was announced.

‘You become patriotic because you make your new country your home, and, as a result, you live and play by its values’.

Educated at a grammar school in Watford and Keele University, Ms Patel joined the party under John Major and her first job was at the Conservative Research Department.

The new Employment Minister is deputy to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, with responsibilities including jobseekers’ allowance and youth unemployment.

Although she is not a secretary of state, Mr Cameron confirmed she will attend Cabinet, as did her predecessor Esther McVey.

The role is likely to involve overseeing controversial cuts to welfare benefits, in efforts to slash £12billion in this area while protecting pensions.

Ms Patel wrote in a blog last year that under Labour the welfare system ‘bound people to dependency’. She expressed concern that ‘claimants who have never worked … enjoy a lifestyle that many other households could not afford.’

The Witham MP has been a leading critic of soft sentencing and votes for prisoners, and said in 2011 that the death penalty should be reintroduced for the most serious crimes.

She defected from the Tories in 1995 to James Goldsmith’s Referendum Party, but returned to the Conservatives two years later when William Hague became leader and promised not to join the Euro without a referendum.

Source — UK Daily Mail


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  1.  

    Britain, we have given you SO MUCH these many years past! Don’t mention it!





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