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 statement on Venezuela

    • Press release
  2. Foreign Secretary keynote speech at the Lowy Institute

    • Speech
  3. Foreign Secretary arrives in Sydney for AUKMIN 2017

    • Press release
  4. Foreign Secretary welcomes Qatar’s commitment to combat terrorism

    • Press release
  5. Foreign Secretary to hold trade and security talks in New Zealand

    • Press release
  6. Foreign Secretary holds press conference in Tokyo, Japan

    • Speech
  7. Foreign Secretary arrives in Japan for strategic dialogue

    • Press release
  8. Young Brits to make German connections

    • Press release
  9. Joint statement on the expansion of British-German youth and school exchange

    • Press release
  10. Foreign Secretary in Brussels for talks with EU Foreign Ministers

    • Press release