Gravitas: 3 Indians in Boris Johnson's Cabinet

Cheryl Sanders
July 27, 2019

Alok Sharma, who has his roots in Agra, is a MP, who got elected in 2010 for the first time from Reading West. She also supported "Back Boris" campaign.

The rising star and mother of one is now in charge of law and order in Britain. "I will do everything in my power to keep our country safe, our people secure, and also fight the scourge of crime that we see on our streets".

The Times has reported that Patel is being tipped as home secretary.

Patel has supported Johnson's bid for an early Brexit.

She addressed her final Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday and then made a farewell speech on the steps of Downing Street before being driven to Buckingham Palace to formally hand in her resignation to the Queen.


The Essex MP, whose Gujarati Indian parents migrated to the United Kingdom in the 1960s from Uganda just ahead of Idi Amin's decision to deport all Asians, has voted for a stricter asylum system, stronger enforcement of immigration rules, and against banning the detention of pregnant women in immigration jails. They fled to Britain in the 1960s, shortly before dictator Idi Amin expelled Asians from the East African country and set up a chain of newspaper shops. She was accused by government insiders of trying to win favour with wealthy pro-Israeli Conservative donors, seeking funding for a potential future leadership campaign.

Patel left in 2000 to work for public relations firm Weber Shandwick, then moved to alcoholic drinks multinational Diageo.

Her father, Sushil (also her middle name), abandoned plans to go to university and opened a corner shop in Tottenham, North London, with his wife Anjana and his parents.

On her return, she demanded her own department change its aid guidelines to give money to the Israeli army so it could carry out humanitarian work in the disputed Golan Heights.

Johnson becomes the 14th Prime Minister to be appointed by Queen Elizabeth II, the 55th to hold the post of British PM and the third in fairly quick succession since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016 - following on from David Cameron and Theresa May.


Foreshadowing his arrival, prominent no-deal critics chancellor Philip Hammond, global development secretary Rory Stewart and justice secretary David Gauke all quit.

But it was all over in November the following year.

Two years ago, as secretary of global development in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Theresa May, Patel met with several leading Israeli politicians during a holiday in Israel. One related to aid now being provided by the Israeli army for those in Syria who could not get medical assistance or cross the border to get it from the Israeli Defence Forces...

Ministerial appointments are due to follow, but highly respected Policing and Fire Minister Nick Hurd is expected to leave the Home Office - speaking at the Police Federation of England and Wales Bravery Awards last week he said his attendance at the event was highly likely to be his last.


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