Ministerial role

Minister of State for the Armed Forces


The minister is responsible for the armed forces, including: operations, operational policy, operational legal matters, force generation and service personnel policy.

Priority areas:

  • operations
  • force generation
  • operational legal issues, including ‘lawfare’
  • strategic personnel policy, including the New Employment Model, and diversity and inclusion

Other responsibilities include:

  • cyber
  • Permanent Joint Operating Bases and Overseas Territories
  • Northern Ireland
  • defence relations with Africa and Latin America

Current role holder: Penny Mordaunt MP

Penny Mordaunt was appointed Minister of State for the Armed Forces on 11 May 2015. She was elected Conservative MP for Portsmouth North in 2010.


She was educated at Oaklands RC Comprehensive School and at Reading University where she read Philosophy.

Political career

Penny worked for Conservative Central Office, becoming Head of Broadcasting under William Hague. In 2000 she served as Head of Foreign Press for George W. Bush’s presidential election campaign.

In Parliament, Penny served on the European Scrutiny Committee, Defence Select Committee, and as chairman of the APPGs for Life Science and for Ageing and Older People. In autumn 2013 she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon. Philip Hammond MP.

Career outside politics

Penny worked as an aid worker in post-revolutionary Romania before and during university. She was director of communications at Kensington & Chelsea Council and the Freight Transport Association and was a director of Diabetes UK, the Community Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. In 2004 Penny founded a media company, which she sold in 2010.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Mark Francois MP

    • 2013 to 2015
  2. The Rt Hon Andrew Robathan

    • 2012 to 2013
  3. Sir Nick Harvey

    • 2010 to 2012


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