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
  • intelligence policy
  • cyber security
  • honours
  • oceans

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.


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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  1. Foreign Secretary: building blocks for Yemen solution are in view

    • Press release
  2. Foreign Secretary travels to the Gulf to push for end to Yemen bloodshed

    • Press release
  3. Foreign Secretary lends support to military charity campaign to honour Commonwealth soldiers

    • Press release
  4. Britain and France: past, present and future

    • Speech
  5. Foreign Secretary commits to action in UN Security Council on Yemen

    • Press release
  6. Iran Nuclear Deal: joint statement by UK, France and Germany

    • Press release
  7. Britain champions free speech, so we’re leading the war on fake news: article by Jeremy Hunt

    • Speech
  8. Foreign Secretary meets leader of the Syrian White Helmets

    • Press release
  9. An Invisible Chain: speech by the Foreign Secretary

    • Speech
  10. Jeremy Hunt launches reverse mentoring scheme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff

    • News story