Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Defence


The Secretary of State for Defence has overall responsibility for the business of the department providing strategic direction on policy, operations, acquisition and personnel matters, including:

  • operational strategy, including as a member of the National Security Council
  • defence planning (including SDSR 15), programme and resource allocation (including the Spending Round)
  • international relations including lead for NATO
  • defence exports policy, including as chair of the cross-Government Exports Working Group
  • nuclear programme
  • communications

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP

Michael Fallon was elected Conservative MP for Sevenoaks, Kent in 1997.


Michael was educated at Epsom College and the University of St Andrews.

Political career

Michael was MP for Darlington from 1983 to 1992. He was a minister in the Department for Education and Science from 1990 to 1992. More recently he has held positions on the Treasury Select Committee and was Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. He was appointed Minister for Business and Enterprise in September 2012 and Minister of State for Energy in March 2013. In 2014 he also became Minister for Portsmouth. He was appointed Defence Secretary on 15 July 2014.

Career outside politics

Michael is a former director of Bannatyne Fitness Ltd (fitness clubs), Quality Care Homes plc (nursing homes), Just Learning Ltd (nurseries), Attendo AB (Scandinavian social and health care) and Tullett Prebon plc (inter-dealing broking).

Personal life

Michael is married and has 2 children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP

    • 2011 to 2014
  2. The Rt Hon Liam Fox

    • 2010 to 2011


  1. Armed forces and Ministry of Defence reform
  2. Armed forces support for activities in the UK
  3. International defence commitments
  4. Nuclear disarmament
  5. UK nuclear deterrent


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