Could Portsmouth MP Penny Mordaunt return to cabinet after she was invited for dinner with Boris Johnson?

A PORTSMOUTH MP who spent just 85 days in a cabinet position has been invited for dinner at Number 10 by the prime minister, it has been reported.

Monday, 2nd September 2019, 12:09 pm
Updated Monday, 2nd September 2019, 3:43 pm
Penny Mordaunt walking out of 10 Downing Street. Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt was reportedly invited for dinner with Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds – sparking rumours in national media of a return to the forefront of the Conservative Party.

Ms Mordaunt spent 85 days as defence secretary earlier this year, before being fired from the role in Mr Johnson’s first day in charge.

Mr Johnson is apparently on a 'rapprochement drive', according to senior politicians, with rumours suggesting he wants to win back the favour of as many MPs as possible, the Mail on Sunday reported.

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Despite backing Mr Johnson’s election rival in Jeremy Hunt, Ms Mordaunt thought her position would be safe given her stance on Brexit.

In an article following her departure, she wrote: 'I'm fired. Job done.

‘Ours is not to reason why. Good command cheerfully accepts all missions with humour and loyalty.'

Ms Mordaunt has been contacted by The News for comment.

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