Ministerial role

Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include:

  • Africa
  • consular policy
  • international crime

Current role holder: Harriett Baldwin MP

Harriett Baldwin was appointed as Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at the Department for International Development on 9 January 2018. She was elected as the MP for West Worcestershire in May 2010, where she has lived since 2006.

Political career

Harriett was appointed to become the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Russia before joining the government in February 2014 as Assistant Government Whip. She was promoted to Lord Commissioner in July 2014 and served in that post until May 2015. Harriett served as Economic Secretary to the Treasury (City Minister) from May 2015 until July 2016. She then served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence from July 2016 to January 2018.

Career outside politics

Harriett enjoyed a successful 20 year career in finance, specialising in currency markets for pension funds. She was also on the National Council of Business for Sterling.

Personal life

Harriett is married to Jim Baldwin, a businessman and television producer. Together they have 2 daughters and a son.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Rory Stewart OBE MP

    • 2017 to 2018

Announcements

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  1. Africa Minister visits Mali as UK deepens efforts to stabilise the region

    • Press release
  2. Minister for Africa condemns latest terrorist violence in Somalia

    • Press release
  3. Minister for Africa statement on Cameroon elections

    • Press release
  4. First UK-Ghana Business Council seeks to boost trade and investment

    • Press release
  5. UK deepens ties across East Africa

    • Press release
  6. Minister for Africa hails UK and Uganda co-operation in fighting infectious diseases

    • Press release
  7. UK urges donors to support African Union Mission in Somalia

    • Press release
  8. Minister for Africa calls for promises of peace in South Sudan to be put into action

    • Press release
  9. UK statement at the UN Nelson Mandela Peace Summit

    • Speech
  10. UK boosts innovative business in Nigeria’s poorest states to improve incomes for 3 million people

    • Press release