Ministerial role

Minister of State for Europe

Responsibilities

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.

Education

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.

Policies

  1. Making the single market more effective

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

    • 4 February 2013

Announcements

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  1. FCO: “No madam, we can’t find a chef to make you haggis”

    • 27 February 2015
    • Press release
  2. Minister for Europe David Lidington's speech at Carnegie Europe

    • 10 February 2015
    • Speech
  3. UK condemns latest Ukraine violence

    • 22 January 2015
    • News story
  4. Minister for Europe concerned about human rights situation in Belarus

    • 18 December 2014
    • Press release
  5. OSCE Ministerial Council, Basel, 4 and 5 December 2014

    • 15 December 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  6. Ukraine’s road to reform: one year on from EuroMaidan

    • 21 November 2014
    • News story
  7. Minister for Europe opens first UK-Georgia dialogue

    • 19 November 2014
    • News story
  8. Gifting of non-lethal equipment to Ukraine

    • 17 October 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  9. Minister for Europe responds to EU Enlargement Package

    • 8 October 2014
    • Press release
  10. Minister for Europe condemns serious Gibraltar incursion

    • 6 October 2014
    • News story