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. Foreign Secretary in Ireland for high-level talks

    • Press release
  2. UK and Ireland can strengthen ties via Brexit: article by Boris Johnson

    • Speech
  3. Foreign Secretary statement on UNSC vote to extend the mandate for the Joint Investigative Mechanism

    • News story
  4. Zimbabwe and the political situation in Harare: November 2017

    • News story
  5. Robert Mugabe tarnished the jewel that is Zimbabwe, now is its chance to shine again: article by Boris Johnson

    • Speech
  6. Situation in Zimbabwe: Foreign Secretary's statement, 15 November 2017

    • Statement to Parliament
  7. Foreign Secretary meeting with Richard Ratcliffe

    • Press release
  8. Foreign Secretary attends November 2017 EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting

    • Press release
  9. Foreign Secretary Statement on the Situation in Lebanon

    • Press release
  10. Foreign Secretary's statement on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and update on the campaign against Daesh

    • Statement to Parliament