Ministerial role

Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade

Responsibilities

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the business of the department.

The Secretary of State is the Departmental lead on trade and investment promotion in the defence and security sector.

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP

Liam Fox was appointed Secretary of State for International Trade on 13 July 2016. He was elected as the Conservative MP for North Somerset in 1992.

Liam attended school at St Bride’s High School before studying medicine at the University of Glasgow Medical School, graduating with MB ChB degrees in 1983.

Political career

Liam held several ministerial roles in John Major’s Conservative government. He served as Constitutional Affairs Spokesman (1998-1999), Shadow Health Secretary (1999-2003), Conservative Party chairman (2003-05), Shadow Foreign Secretary (2005) and Shadow Defence Secretary (2005-10). In 2010, he was appointed Secretary of State for Defence, a position from which he resigned on 14 October 2011.

Career outside politics

Liam worked as a GP before his election to Parliament and is a former Civilian Army Medical Officer and Divisional Surgeon with St John Ambulance.

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  1. Ministers host agri-tech discussions with key global investors

    • Press release
  2. Latest ONS figures show rise in exports

    • Press release
  3. British-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce celebrate Ukraine Week

    • Speech
  4. International Trade Secretary in South Korea discussing how to boost our bilateral trade after Brexit

    • Press release
  5. Liam Fox encourages businesses to have their say on trade deals

    • Speech
  6. International Trade Secretary consults Birmingham businesses

    • News story
  7. UK exports continue to grow following launch of Export Strategy

    • News story
  8. Es Devlin OBE to design UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

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  9. Seven GREAT years

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  10. Have your say on the UK's future trade negotiations

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