- The Background: Priti Patel is an old right-wing Eurosceptic, briefly joining the anti-Europe Referendum Party in 1997
- The Sound: During the Brexit campaign, she claimed the UK economy would benefit from a withdrawal of employment rights
- The Reward If Johnson or another Leave proponent becomes PM, Patel might hope for more prominence in the government
Known as a true-blue Tory, the Right Honourable Priti Patel, 43, the daughter of immigrant Gujarati parents, had been in the forefront of the Brexit campaign long before Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Lord Norman Lamont joined the bandwagon. After Brexit became a reality, there has been speculation that she may put herself up for the top post of the Conservative party, although she is too junior for it.
However, given her strong right-wing views, many believe outgoing premier David Cameron would not have been surprised by her support for Brexit. Patel’s father...