Penny Mordaunt was appointed Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons on 6 September 2022.
The former Secretary of State for Trade Policy has worked a variety of jobs, but what do we know about their relationships?
Who is Penny Mordaunt’s ex-husband Paul Murray?
Penny Mordaunt met Paul Murray while studying at Reading University.
She studied philosophy at university and served as President of the Reading University Students’ Union.
Penny finished 1995 2-1.
Not much is known about Paul as he has not stayed with Penny and has not been in the spotlight.
When did Penny Mordaunt and Paul Murray get married?
Penny married childhood sweetheart Paul on July 31, 1999 when they were both 26 years old.
On her marriage certificate, pictured in the Daily Mail in 2014, he is listed as deputy hall manager, while her occupation is press secretary.
A friend of the MP told the Mail it was “prohibited” to talk about the marriage.
Paul is the son of retired Lieut Col Leonard Murray.
The couple divorced a year after their marriage in 2000.
Penny later met Ian Lyon, a classical singer, and the couple dated for a long time.
Penny, MP for Portsmouth North since 2010, became a familiar face on British television after appearing on ITV’s Splash! in which she famously hit a spectacular belly flop.
How many children does Penny Mordaunt have?
Penny has no children but is a cat fan and breeds Burmese cats in her home.
The Devon-born Brexiteer also has a twin brother named James.
She took a gap year before attending university to help children in orphanages in Romania.
She said the experience was “life-changing.”
Penny served as Secretary of State for Women and Equality under Theresa May and had a brief stint as Secretary of State for Defense from 1 May 2019 to 24 July 2019.
On September 16, 2021, Boris Johnson appointed her Minister of State for Trade Policy.
Penny has been an MP since 2010.
Their previous positions include:
- Paymaster General (2020), leading resilience work that has overhauled the UK’s preparedness and response to threats and strengthened the UK’s defensive cybersecurity
- Secretary of State for Defense (2019), the first woman to hold the post
- State Secretary for International Development (2017)
- Minister for Disabilities, Health and Labor (2016)
- Federal Defense Minister (2015), the first woman to hold this position
- Minister for Local Government (2014)
She is also a former governor of the World Bank.
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