Ministerial role

Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs


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
  • Polar Regions

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Grant Shapps

Grant Shapps was appointed as Minister of State at Department for International Development on 11 May 2015. He is also temporarily carrying out the ministerial portfolio of Foreign Office Minister James Duddridge. He was elected the Conservative MP for Welwyn Hatfield in 2005.


Grant studied at Cassio College, Watford before graduating from Manchester Polytechnic with a business and finance diploma.

Political career

Grant was appointed Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party in 2005, before being made Shadow Housing Minister in June 2007. Following the 2010 election, he served as Minister of State for Housing and Local Government in the Department for Communities and Local Government. Grant was appointed to the Privy Council in June 2010. In September 2012 he was appointed as co-chairman to the Conservative Party. At the same time he held the position of Minister without Portfolio at the Cabinet Office.

Career outside politics

In 1990, Grant founded PrintHouse Corporation, a design, print, website creation and marketing business in London.

Personal life

Grant is married with 3 children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. James Duddridge MP

    • 2014 to 2015
  2. Mark Simmonds

    • 2012 to 2014
  3. Henry Bellingham

    • 2010 to 2012


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