Former international development secretary, Priti Patel, 47, is an ardent Brexiteer, who has supported Boris Johnson in the leadership contest, describing him as the only person who can save Brexit and the Tories.
She has argued that it would be in the EU’s best interests to reopen negotations, as a way of securing any of the £39bn so-called divorce bill.
Ms Patel resigned from the cabinet In November 2017 following a row over unauthorised meetings with Israeli politicians. Her departure followed hot on the heels of Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, plunging Theresa May’s cabinet into turmoil.
She was first elected to the seat of Witham, Essex, in 2010, after working for several years in PR for the Conservative Party, as well as lobbying for tobacco and alcohol industries.
She is married with one son.