Rory Stewart appointed new secretary of state for international development

2 May 2019

Rory Stewart OBE MP was last night announced as the new secretary of state for international development by prime minister Theresa May. He replaces Penny Mordaunt MP, who has moved to the Ministry of Defence.

Rory Stewart previously served as minister of state for the Ministry of Justice from January 2018. Prior to that, he was joint minister of state for the Department for International Development (DFID) and minister of state for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from June 2017 to January 2018.

We at Bond are calling for continued commitment to ensuring aid and development deliver for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

Stephanie Draper, CEO for Bond, welcomes Stewart’s appointment: 

“We look forward to working with Rory Stewart who has been a strong supporter of aid and development for many years now. We hope DFID will continue to lead on safeguarding and disability inclusion, and also show leadership on a poverty-focused development agenda that champions the importance of the SDGs, both here in the UK and globally, and works to reach the world’s poorest and most marginalised people by prioritising good quality aid and development."

"We thank Penny Mordaunt for the crucial leadership shown during the sector safeguarding crisis, and for championing the importance of disability and inclusion during her time as secretary of state for international development.” 

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