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Press release

1 May 2019

Christian Aid welcomes appointment of Rory Stewart as new DFID Secretary

Responding to the news that Rory Stewart has been made DFID Secretary, replacing Penny Mordaunt, Christian Aid's Head of UK Advocacy Tom Viita said:

“Any modern DFID Secretary needs to understand the issues of climate change, conflict and international diplomacy and thankfully Rory Stewart has an excellent grasp of these crucial subjects.

“The first item on his to-do list must be the global climate emergency that is affecting the world’s poor from Mozambique to Myanmar.

“We thank Penny Mordaunt for her leadership at DFID and congratulate her on her appointment as the UK's first ever female Defence Secretary. Her understanding of the complex interplay of poverty and conflict, particularly gender-based violence, will bring a vital new perspective to the MOD.”