Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Responsibilities

The minister is based at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Responsibilities include:

  • Africa
  • overseas territories (not Falklands, SBAs or Gibraltar)
  • conflict issues
  • consular
  • protocol
  • ministerial oversight for FCO services
  • the Caribbean (not including Dominican Republic, Haiti or Cuba)
  • illegal Wildlife Trade

Current role holder: James Duddridge MP

James Duddridge was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on 11 August 2014.

He first entered Parliament in 2005 and is the Conservative MP for Rochford & Southend East. Background

James was educated at Essex University. He had a business career in the private sector, as well as in the banking industry in London and Africa for 10 years. He has vast experience on Africa affairs, a keen interest in financial matters and industry, and was a founding member of the polling form YouGov.

Political Career

James entered the House of Commons in 2005. He was subsequently re-elected in 2010 with a majority of 11,050. During this time, he has held the following positions:

  • Chairman, All Party Parliamentary Group Africa
  • Chairman, Regulator Reform Committee
  • Member of Commons Environment Select Committee
  • Member of International Development Select Committee
  • Opposition Whip, responsible for Cabinet Office and Department for Work and Pensions, Jan – Dec 2008
  • Opposition Whip, responsible for HM Treasury, Dec 2008 – May 2010
  • Lord Commissioner and Government Whip, responsible for Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Department of Education, May 2010 – October 2011
  • Home Office Whip, October 2011 – September 2012

Personal life

James is married and has 3 children, and 2 cats.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Mark Simmonds MP

    • 2012 to 2014
  2. Henry Bellingham MP

    • 2010 to 2012

Policies

  1. Preventing sexual violence in conflict

    • 5 November 2014
  2. Supporting British nationals overseas

    • 7 August 2013
  3. Supporting the Overseas Territories

    • 14 March 2013
  4. Preventing conflict in fragile states

    • 12 December 2012

Announcements

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  1. Foreign Office Minister meets UN Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace

    • 30 August 2012
    • Announcement
  2. UK appreciation for Seychelles role in countering international piracy

    • 30 August 2012
    • Announcement
  3. Africa continues to win Gold

    • 14 August 2012
    • Announcement
  4. Construction begins on anti-piracy centre in the Seychelles

    • 13 August 2012
    • Announcement
  5. Inspiring young people in the UK and Anguilla

    • 10 August 2012
    • Announcement
  6. Investment opportunity with the Caribbean

    • 9 August 2012
    • Announcement
  7. Somali Olympic team: participating against all the odds

    • 3 August 2012
    • Announcement
  8. Foreign Office Minister speaks at the opening of Jamaica House

    • 3 August 2012
    • Announcement
  9. Minister for Africa meets Kenyan Foreign Minister

    • 2 August 2012
    • Announcement
  10. Minister for Africa welcomes approval of a new national constitution for Somalia

    • 2 August 2012
    • Announcement