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Tory leadership hopeful Penny Mordaunt's Irish roots and the grandfather who was locked up during Civil War

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Penny Mordaunt launches her campaign last Wednesday to be Conservative Party leader and UK prime minister. Picture by Stefan Rousseau

Penny Mordaunt launches her campaign last Wednesday to be Conservative Party leader and UK prime minister. Picture by Stefan Rousseau

Penny Mordaunt launches her campaign last Wednesday to be Conservative Party leader and UK prime minister. Picture by Stefan Rousseau

The Irish grandfather of Penny Mordaunt — the bookies favourite to become the next British prime minister — was interned during the Civil War because of his republican sympathies, according to family history.

Edward (Ned) Patrick Mordaunt, who died in 1982, grew up in Dublin and was educated by the Christian Brothers and Mungret College, Limerick (1914-1918). He then enlisted in the British army before returning to Ireland in 1919.


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