Priti Patel becomes Treasury minister covering charity tax issues

The Conservative MP for Witham has been promoted to Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury in this week's Cabinet reshuffle

Priti Patel
Priti Patel

Priti Patel, the Conservative MP for Witham, has taken on responsibility for tax issues relating to charities and the voluntary sector, including gift aid, after being appointed Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury in this week's Cabinet reshuffle.

Patel has been critical of charities about their campaigning activities and on executive pay, helping The Daily Telegraph newspaper to compile wage data for a story last August. She was previously a member of the Public Administration Select Committee, which conducted an inquiry into the pay issue last year.

The Essex MP was promoted to the government after Nicky Morgan, the former Financial Secretary to the Treasury who held responsibility for charity tax issues, was named as the new education secretary.

Morgan kept the charity tax brief when she was promoted from Economic Secretary to the Treasury in April, but the brief has now been passed to Patel.

Other areas in Patel's remit include tax credits, child poverty, gambling duties and environment and transport taxation.

Patel studied economics at Keele University and completed postgraduate studies at the University of Essex, working for the PR firm Weber Shandwick before joining parliament after the 2010 general election.

In November, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, appointed her as the first the UK Indian Diaspora Champion.

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