Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs


The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the work of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, with particular focus on:

  • Policy Unit
  • honours
  • intelligence policy

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

Boris Johnson was appointed Foreign Secretary on 13 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip in May 2015. Previously he was the MP for Henley from June 2001 to June 2008.

Previous holders of this role

Find out more about previous holders of this role in our past Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs section.


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  1. Putin’s sinister threats and lies extend far beyond his own country: article by Boris Johnson

    • Speech
  2. Salisbury attack: Foreign Secretary's remarks to media at the March 2018 Foreign Affairs Council

    • Speech
  3. Independent technical experts from chemical weapons watchdog to arrive in UK

    • Press release
  4. Britain needs its allies to stand with us against Russia: article by Boris Johnson

    • Speech
  5. 7 years of conflict in Syria: Statement by International Development Secretary and Foreign Secretary

    • Press release
  6. Joint statement on the 7th anniversary of the Syrian conflict

    • Press release
  7. Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to Iran: Rob Macaire

    • Press release
  8. Foreign Secretary calls for a united response on the Salisbury incident

    • Press release
  9. Foreign Secretary’s remarks on the use of a nerve agent in Salisbury: 13 March 2018

    • Speech
  10. Commonwealth has key role to play in the bright future for Britain: article by Boris Johnson

    • Speech