Ministerial role

Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office


The minister is based at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and is responsible for:

  • The Commonwealth
  • USA and Canada
  • Latin America (including: Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba)
  • The Falklands
  • Asia Pacific
  • South Asia (excluding Pakistan)
  • public diplomacy, Olympics legacy and the GREAT campaign
  • economic and commercial diplomacy (including Islamic finance and science and innovation) in support of Lord Livingston
  • drugs and international crime

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP

The Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 4 September 2012.

Political career

Mr Swire was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for East Devon in June 2001. He served in David Cameron’s first Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport between 2005 and 2007. He was appointed Minister of State for Northern Ireland in the coalition Government in May 2010. In 2011, Mr Swire was sworn in as a member of the Privy Council. His party and parliamentary roles prior to this included: Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Rt Hon Theresa May MP in her role as chairman of the Conservative Party in 2003; Opposition Whip between 2003 and 2004; and Shadow Minister for the Arts between 2004 and 2005.

Mr Swire was a member of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee between 2002 and 2005, and Chairman of the Speakers’ Advisory Committee on Works of Art between 2005 and 2010. He was previously a member of a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups and Chairman of the Conservative Middle East Council.

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Previous holders of this role

  1. Jeremy Browne

    • 2010 to 2012


  1. Falkland Islanders' right to self-determination
  2. UK prosperity and security: Asia, Latin America and Africa


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  1. FCO Minister urges Burma to address root causes of Rohingya boat crisis

    • 19 May 2015
    • News story
  2. UK concerned by executions in Indonesia

    • 29 April 2015
    • News story
  3. Hugo Swire's speech at Reform Export Summit

    • 24 March 2015
    • Speech
  4. Minister expresses concern about sentencing of former Maldives President Nasheed

    • 13 March 2015
    • Press release
  5. Hugo Swire urges end to violence in Bangladesh

    • 5 March 2015
    • Press release
  6. Hugo Swire remarks on the UK and Mexico at Canning House

    • 4 March 2015
    • Speech
  7. FCO welcomes US decision to refer British national death sentence for further consideration

    • 26 February 2015
    • Press release
  8. Hugo Swire concerned by treatment of former Maldives President

    • 26 February 2015
    • News story
  9. Hugo Swire holds high-level talks in Malaysia and Vietnam

    • 26 February 2015
    • News story
  10. Hugo Swire responds to Sri Lanka report update

    • 17 February 2015
    • News story