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Talk To Her Nails In French

Priti Patel, Tory MP, ardent Brexiter, lies low after a win

Talk To Her Nails In French
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Talk To Her Nails In French
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2016-07-04T18:32:10+05:30

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 was very right-wing (he even stood as a UKIP councillor in 2013) and her own teenage heroes were Margaret Thatcher and the late Cecil Parkinson, once her local MP and a regular customer at the corner shop run by her father. She has earlier endorsed the return of capital punishment. In 2012, she was one of the so-called “young guns” from the party’s new right who called for a culture of “graft, risk and effort” to project Britain into the ‘super league’ of nations. In the 1997 general election, she defected, albeit briefly, to the anti-Europe Referendum Party, which campaigned for a vote to decide on whet­her Britain should stay in the EU.

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