Ministerial role

Minister of State for Europe


The minister is responsible for European issues and NATO at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Responsibilities include:

  • European Union
  • Europe, including Balkans, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova
  • Russia, South Caucasus, Central Asia
  • NATO and European Security
  • OSCE and Council of Europe
  • FCO relations with Parliament

Current role holder: The Rt Hon David Lidington MP

David Lidington was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) on 14 May 2010. He was elected to Parliament in 1992 and is the Conservative MP for Aylesbury.


David was educated at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge where he studied history.

Political career

David was elected Member of Parliament for Aylesbury in 1992 and has held a number of positions including Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 2003 to 2007 and Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2007 to 2010.

Career outside politics

David worked for BP and Rio Tinto – Zinc Corporation (RTZ) before spending 3 years as Special Advisor to Douglas Hurd in the Home Office and Foreign Office.

Personal life

David is married to Helen and has 4 sons.


under the responsibility of The Rt Hon David Lidington MP as Minister of State for Europe

  1. Making the single market more effective

    • 7 August 2013
  2. Promoting stability throughout the Western Balkans

    • 4 February 2013


by Minister of State for Europe

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  1. The EU and the City: What next?

    • 9 April 2014
    • Speech
  2. FCO summons Spanish Ambassador following Gibraltar incursion

    • 2 April 2014
    • Press release
  3. 64th Königswinter Conference

    • 28 March 2014
    • Speech
  4. FCO Minister comments on Ukraine at EU Foreign Ministers meeting

    • 3 March 2014
    • Press release
  5. FCO Minister summons Ukrainian Ambassador to UK

    • 20 February 2014
    • Press release
  6. FCO Minister calls for calm in Ukraine and condemns violence

    • 18 February 2014
    • Press release
  7. Ukraine: Update and government response

    • 30 January 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  8. FCO calls on Ukrainian leadership to match words of reconciliation with action

    • 22 January 2014
    • Press release
  9. Where does democratic authority lie in the EU?

    • 16 January 2014
    • Speech
  10. FCO Minister shocked by terrorist attack in Volgograd

    • 29 December 2013
    • Press release

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