She was among the most vocal critics of former UK prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy.
She replaces Pakistani-origin Sajid Javid, who moves to the Treasury department as the first ethnic minority Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Sajid Javid, the former U.K. home secretary and a onetime managing director of Deutsche Bank AG, was named chancellor of the exchequer by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and tasked with managing the economy through Brexit.
Priti Patel, 47-year-old was first elected as a Conservative MP for Witham in Essex in 2010 and gained prominence in the then David Cameron led Tory government as his Indian Diaspora Champion.
In a team that is fairly Brexit-focussed, Dominic Raab, who had resigned as the Brexit secretary from Theresa May’s cabinet, is back in the frontline as the new foreign secretary.
He replaces Jeremy Hunt, Johnson’s opponent in the contest for Tory leadership.