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New jobs minister Priti is the daughter of a Ugandan shopkeeper who fled Idi Amin for Britain… to join Ukip
- Priti Patel, 43, has been revealed as the new jobs minister in PM’s re-shuffle
- Married mother-of-one is daughter of Ugandan shopkeeper Sushil Patel, 64
- Mr Patel moved his family to Britain in the 1970s to flee dictator Idi Amin
- Stood for UKIP in 2013 but claimed to step down 90 minutes into candidacy
Britain’s new jobs minister is the daughter of a Ugandan shopkeeper who fled east Africa in the 1970s and joined UKIP after arriving into the UK.
Priti Patel, 43, was revealed as the new jobs minister in Prime Minister David Cameron’s latest re-shuffle which came as part of a bid to shed his image of being out of touch.
Ms Patel, a married mother-of-one, will be only the second Asian woman to sit in the Cabinet, after former Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi.
She is the daughter of Sushil Patel, 64, who stood for UKIP two years ago and caused a furore after trying to withdraw his candidacy for the party just 90 minutes after it was announced.
Mr Patel moved his family to Britain more than 40 years ago and ran a post office in rural Norfolk before settling as a shopkeeper in West London.
The Ugandan Asian refugee announced his UKIP candidacy in May 2013 but within less than two hours claimed he had stood down.
He had not told his daughter about his plans to stand, and it was reported at the time that the Tory MP was not happy about his attempt to work with Nigel Farage’s party.
Ms Patel, who has been an MP for five years, was made Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury last year, overseeing tax policy, and was a regular in TV studios during the election campaign.
As a Eurosceptic, she is a believer in low taxes and is outspoken about the need for welfare cuts. She has also hit the headlines for saying she supported the death penalty for the most serious crimes.
The mother of a six-year-old son fled to Britain with her parents when dictator Idi Amin persecuted the Indian community and ordered them out within 90 days.
‘My parents were kicked out of Uganda,’ she said in an interview. ‘They came to the UK with nothing, worked hard and set up a successful shop business.
‘There was a desire to work hard and to be successful so you didn’t have to rely on anybody else. Coming from a country where you’re persecuted means that you want to work hard and to contribute to the society where you end up.
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