Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Responsibilities

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 Jeremy Hunt MP

Jeremy Hunt was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on 9 July 2018. He was elected Conservative MP for South West Surrey in May 2005.

Education

Jeremy was educated at Oxford University.

Political career

Jeremy served as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care from 8 January 2018 to 9 July 2018 and was first appointed Secretary of State for Health in September 2012.

In May 2010 Jeremy was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport. He was formerly Shadow Culture Secretary 2007 to 2010 and Shadow Minister for Disabled People 2005 to 2007.

Career outside politics

Before his election as an MP, Jeremy ran his own educational publishing business, Hotcourses. He also set up a charity to help AIDS orphans in Africa in which he continues to play an active role.

Personal life

Jeremy lives in Godalming and London with his wife, son and 2 daughters.

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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  2. Foreign Secretary marks the 23rd anniversary of the massacre at Srebrenica

    • Press release
  3. Inaugural UK-Morocco Strategic Dialogue held in London

    • News story
  4. Zac Goldsmith announced as Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference champion

    • Press release
  5. New cash to fight the illegal wildlife trade

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  6. Government launches new plans to stamp out the illegal wildlife trade ahead of landmark UK conference

    • Press release
  7. British diplomats have won the battle to name chemical weapons culprits: article by Boris Johnson

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  8. Foreign Secretary hails agreement to support ban on chemical weapons

    • Press release
  9. UK support for Ukraine reform

    • Press release
  10. Foreign Secretary's speech at the OPCW Special Conference of the States Parties

    • Speech