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Priti Patel

Birthdate: 29. March 1972

Priti Sushil Patel is a British politician who has served as Secretary of State for the Home Department since 2019 and the Member of Parliament for Witham since 2010. She served as Secretary of State for International Development from 2016 to 2017. A member of the Conservative Party, she is ideologically positioned on the party's right wing and considers herself to be a Thatcherite.

Patel was born in London to a Ugandan-Indian family. She was educated at Keele University and the University of Essex. Inspired to get involved in politics by Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, she was initially involved with the Referendum Party before switching allegiance to the Conservatives. She worked for the public-relations consultancy firm Weber Shandwick for several years, as part of which she lobbied for the tobacco and alcohol industries. Intending to switch to a political career, she unsuccessfully contested Nottingham North at the 2005 general election. After David Cameron became Conservative leader, he recommended Patel for the party's "A-List" of prospective candidates. She was first elected MP for Witham, a Conservative safe seat in Essex, at the 2010 general election, before being re-elected in 2015, 2017 and 2019. Under Cameron's government, Patel was appointed Minister of State for Employment and served as vice-chair of the Conservative Friends of Israel. She attracted attention for her socially conservative stances.

A longstanding Eurosceptic, Patel was a leading figure in the Vote Leave campaign during the build-up to the 2016 referendum on UK membership of the European Union. Following Cameron's resignation, Patel backed Theresa May as Conservative leader; May subsequently appointed Patel Secretary of State for International Development. In 2017 she was involved in a political scandal involving unauthorised meetings with the Government of Israel, ending her tenure as International Development Secretary. Under Boris Johnson's premiership, she became Home Secretary in 2019, the first ethnic minority woman to hold the office.

Patel has been criticised by political opponents for defending the tobacco and alcohol industries, and for advocating threatening the Republic of Ireland with food shortages during Brexit negotiations. Patel said her comments were "taken out of context" and that she did not refer specifically to the risk of food shortages.



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„I'm sorry if people feel that there have been failings.“

—  Priti Patel

Response when asked if she would apologise for the lack of PPE for frontline workers at a Downing Street coronavirus briefings https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/11/priti-patel-says-sorry-if-people-feel-there-have-been-failings-over-ppe (11 April 2020)
2020

„The Conservative Party is the party of law and order. Full stop. The defence of our nation, defence of our streets and law and order are at the heart of our values.“

—  Priti Patel

I want criminals to be terrified, says Priti Patel: New Home Secretary vows to return to zero-tolerance policing as she demands full explanation over bungled 'Nick' sex abuse inquiry https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7316055/I-want-criminals-terrified-says-Priti-Patel-Home-Secretary-restore-confidence-Britain.html (2 August 2019)
2019

„I want them [criminals] to literally feel terror at the thought of committing offences.“

—  Priti Patel

I want criminals to be terrified, says Priti Patel: New Home Secretary vows to return to zero-tolerance policing as she demands full explanation over bungled 'Nick' sex abuse inquiry https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7316055/I-want-criminals-terrified-says-Priti-Patel-Home-Secretary-restore-confidence-Britain.html (2 August 2019)
2019

„We must seize the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity offered by the end of free movement.“

—  Priti Patel

Written in an article in the Mail on Sunday. Quoted in the Evening Standard and the Socialist Worker. New Home Secretary Priti Patel reveals plans for tougher borders with or without Breixt deal https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/new-home-secretary-priti-patel-reveals-plans-for-tougher-borders-a4199731.html (28 July 2019) and New Tory government will be even more hostile to black people https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/48711/New+Tory+government+will+be+even+more+hostile+to+black+people (30 July 2019)
2019

„There is still time to go back to Brussels and get a better deal.“

—  Priti Patel

Patel comments on no-deal Brexit in Ireland criticised https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46488479 (7 December 2018)
2018

„While my actions were meant with the best of intentions, my actions also fell below the standards of transparency and openness that I have promoted and advocated. I offer a fulsome apology to you and to the government for what has happened and offer my resignation.“

—  Priti Patel

Said in her resignation letter to Theresa May in November 2017 after she had unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials while Secretary of State for International Development. Priti Patel quits cabinet over Israel meetings row https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41923007 (8 November 2017)
2017

„Capital punishment [could] serve as a deterrent. I do not think we have enough deterrents in this country for criminals – let’s not forget that murders, rapists and criminals of that nature choose to commit the crimes that they commit.“

—  Priti Patel

Said during a Question Time debate. Quoted by the Independent. Priti Patel MP: Who is the new Treasury minister who supports death penalty and rejects plain packaging for cigarettes? https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/priti-patel-mp-who-is-the-new-treasury-minister-who-supports-death-penalty-and-rejects-plain-9608096.html (15 July 2014)
2014

„Modern policing must of course be visible policing and that means community policing, localised policing and having police visibility that police officers are empowered to do their jobs. For too long we’ve had our police forces, police officers tied up with regulation and bureaucracy. I want them to feel free to get on and do their jobs, I want them to know that we will support them.“

—  Priti Patel

Said in an interview with the Braintree and Witham Times. Priti Patel interview on stop and search, knife crime, social spending and terror comments https://www.braintreeandwithamtimes.co.uk/news/17832581.priti-patel-interview-stop-search-knife-crime-social-spending-terror-comments/ (14 August 2019)
2019

„It's a stronger strain of the virus in the sense that it's more transmittable, it's a bouncy virus.“

—  Priti Patel

Speaking to Sky News and referring to the strain of SARS-Cov-2 which became prevalent in London in December 2020 Sky News Website 22 December 2020 https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-england-set-for-new-year-lockdown-as-coronavirus-variant-spreads-across-uk-12169829

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