Kemi Badenoch has been named the next Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade by UK Prime Minister Liz Truss.
Ms. Badenoch, whose parents are of Nigerian descent and who was born Olukemi Olufunto in Wimbledon, London, is also the MP for Saffron Walden.
Hours after becoming Britain’s third female prime minister and the new leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party, Theresa Truss was appointed. She succeeded Boris Johnson, who had held the position since July 2019.
Badenoch, 42 appointment was made public on the verified Twitter account of the UK Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.
The Board of Trade President and Secretary of State for International Trade have been given to Kemi Badenoch, MP @KemiBadenoch @TradeGovUK.
She promised to start the process that would result in more employment being created and improved economic prospects for individuals throughout the UK in her response.
During Johnson’s presidency, Badenoch held the position of British equalities minister before she was nominated as the UK’s Secretary of State for International Trade.
She previously held roles as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Education.
Delighted to start my new job at @tradegovuk! Looking forward to unleashing Global Britain’s full potential so we can create more jobs, growth and opportunities across the UK 💪 pic.twitter.com/XhQDPwtY9I — Kemi Badenoch (@KemiBadenoch).
Badenoch has also served on the Justice Select Committee and as the vice chair of the Conservative Party. She served as the GLA Conservatives’ spokeswoman for the economy as a member of the London Assembly for the Conservative Party before being elected to the House of Commons.
She was competing for the position of next prime minister with a number of other people, including former chancellor Rishi Sunak, health secretary Sajid Javid, defence secretary Ben Wallace, and foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Truss, who has served as the Member of Parliament for South West Norfolk since 2010, defeated all of the previous candidates to win the position of UK leader.