Ministerial role

Minister of State for the Armed Forces

Responsibilities

The minister is responsible for armed forces activity including operations, operational legal matters, force generation and international defence engagement including:

  • operations
  • perational security and safety
  • legacy and operational legal issues
  • force generation
  • manning, recruitment and retention of regulars and reserves
  • NATO
  • defending defence
  • space, cyber and intelligence
  • Permanent Joint Operating Bases
  • Africa and Latin America
  • international defence engagement
  • Northern Ireland
  • engagement with parliamentarians

Current role holder: Mark Lancaster TD MP

Mark Lancaster was appointed Minister of State for the Armed Forces on 13 June 2017.

He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence Personnel and Veterans from 12 May 2015 to 13 June 2017. He was elected the Conservative MP for Milton Keynes North in 2005.

Education

Mark was educated at Kimbolton School. He has a BSc in Business Studies from the University of Buckingham and an MBA from the University of Exeter Business School. He was awarded an Honorary PhD by Buckingham University in 2008.

Political career

Mark was a Member of Huntingdonshire District Council (1995–1999) where he served as the Chairman of the Leisure Committee (1996–1999). He was elected as Member of Parliament for the North East Milton Keynes in the 2005 general election.

Mark was a Conservative Party whip between November 2006 until July 2007. Shortly after his re-election in 2010, he was appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for International Development. In September 2012 he became a government minister when he was made a Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty’s Treasury.

Career outside politics

Mark served in the Army between 1988 and 1990. He was a company director for the family fireworks firm Kimbolton Fireworks before he was elected to Parliament and continues to serve in the Reserves as a Colonel.

Personal life

Mark is married.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Mike Penning MP

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. Penny Mordaunt MP

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. The Rt Hon Mark Francois

    • 2013 to 2015
  4. The Rt Hon Andrew Robathan

    • 2012 to 2013
  5. Sir Nick Harvey

    • 2010 to 2012

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  5. Armed Forces Minister underlines UK commitment to Africa

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  6. British troops continue support to UN South Sudan mission

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  7. Armed Forces Minister confirms increase in support to Afghanistan

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  9. Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington has died

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