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Penny Mordaunt has been appointed Minister for Women and Equalities, replacing Amber Rudd.
Mordaunt, who is Secretary of State for International Development, was previously Minister of State for Department for Work and Pensions, Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence and Minister of State for the Armed Forces. She is MP for Portsmouth North.
Before becoming an MP she was director of communications at Kensington & Chelsea Council and the Freight Transport Association and was a director of Diabetes UK, the Community Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. In 2004 she founded a media company, which she sold in 2010.
The Minister for Women and Equalities has overall responsibility for policy on women, policy on sexual orientation and transgender equality and cross-government equality strategy and legislation. Since 2014, there have been four Ministers for Women and Equalities.