British-Nigerian politician, Kemi Badenoch has been appointed as the new UK trade secretary by the country’s new Prime Minister, Liz Truss. Badenoch, who ran in the leadership contest against Truss, was a minister at the U.K.’s leveling-up department until she joined dozens of colleagues in resigning from Boris Johnson’s government in July over his handling of a number of scandals.
She came fourth in the leadership race after picking up the key endorsement of Michael Gove and it briefly appeared as if she might make it to the final run-off with Tory members.
Badenoch takes over from Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who has been appointed as secretary of state for transport.
The appointment, which was contained in a tweet posted on the verified Twitter page of the UK Prime Minister, @10DowningStreet on Tuesday, 6th September, 2022 reads: “Kemi Badenoch MP @KemiBadenoch has been appointed Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade @TradeGovUK.
Acknowledging the appointment, Kemi took to her verified Twitter account to express her delight over the appointment.
The Conservative Party’s key member said she can’t wait to fully harness the potential of Britain to create more jobs and opportunities.
“Delighted to start my new job at @tradegovuk! Looking forward to unleashing Global Britain’s full potential so we can create more jobs, more growth and more opportunity across the UK ” she posted.