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
  • 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 as 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.


  1. European single market
  2. Stability in the Western Balkans


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  5. Draft electoral administration rules for the EU Referendum

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