IDEAS welcomes new DFID Secretary of State

IDEAS welcomes Penny Mordaunt, the new UK secretary of state for international development, and looks forward to working together to ensure that children and young people are given the education and power to become engaged global citizens.

Mordaunt, appointed after the sudden departure of Priti Patel, was minister of state for the Department of Work and Pensions and is Conservative MP for North Portsmouth. A former Royal Naval reservist, she became the first female minister of state for the armed forces in 2015.

She has previously worked in the charity sector, including a role as director of strategy, policy and partnerships at Diabetes UK.

IDEAS' Josephine McLaughlin said: "We congratulate the Secretary of State on her new role and hope to discuss how to support more and more people in Scotland, especially children and young people, to engage constructively with the world we live in.

We also look forward to exploring Scotland's potential to contribute to the Global Goals, and to be part of finding solutions to major global challenges that impact on the poorest people in the world, from climate change to inequality."