Ministerial role

Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office


Responsibilities include:

  • all FCO business in the Lords
  • the Commonwealth (as an institution)
  • Overseas Territories (excluding Falklands, SBAs and Gibraltar)
  • the Caribbean
  • human rights
  • the UN, international organisations, peacekeeping and the International Criminal Court
  • climate change
  • international energy security policy

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE

Baroness Anelay was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in August 2014. From July to October 2016 she had additional responsibility at the Department for International Development. Baroness Anelay is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.


She was educated at Enfield County School and Bristol, London and Brunel Universities.

Political career

Baroness Anelay was raised to the peerage in 1996 and served as an Opposition Spokesperson for various departments until being appointed Opposition Chief Whip in 2007. She was appointed the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict in June 2015. Prior to this she was Chief Whip in the House of Lords and Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms. She was made a Privy Counsellor in 2009.

Career outside politics

Baroness Anelay was a history teacher between 1969 and 1974 and served as a magistrate between 1985 and 1997. She was also associated with the Citizens Advice Bureau in Woking from 1976 to 2010, including periods as a voluntary adviser, Chairman of the Management Committee and President of the CAB.

Personal Life

Baroness Anelay has been married to Richard Anelay QC since 1970.


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  2. Baroness Anelay comments on Amnesty's Death Penalty report

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  3. Minister condemns persecution of LGBT community in Chechnya

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  4. Baroness Anelay at UN to build on PSVI progress

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  5. Baroness Anelay welcomes conclusions of UN Human Rights Council

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  6. UK extends women’s rights protections to Bermuda and St Helena

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  7. UK continues to lead on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict

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  8. Baroness Anelay’s visit to East Africa

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  9. UK minister condemns Russia’s domestic violence law

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  10. Ministers meet Overseas Territories to engage in Brexit process

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