Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for International Security Strategy

Dr Andrew Murrison MP


Andrew Murrison was appointed Minister for International Security Strategy in September 2012. He is the Conservative MP for south west Wiltshire and the Prime Minister’s special representative for the Centenary Commemoration of the First World War.


Andrew studied medicine at Bristol and public health at Hughes Hall, Cambridge.

Political career

Andrew was elected MP for Westbury in June 2001 and for south west Wiltshire in May 2010.

In November 2003 he was appointed to the Conservative front bench as a health spokesman, transferring in July 2007 to defence. In May 2010 Andrew became Parliamentary Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Health and was asked by the Prime Minister to review and make recommendations on health care for members of the services community. The principal recommendations in the subsequent reports, ‘Fighting Fit’ and ‘A Better Deal for Military Amputees’, are being rolled out by the government.

In November 2011 the Prime Minister appointed him as his special representative for the centenary commemoration of the First World War.

Career outside politics

Andrew served for 18 years as a medical officer in the Royal Navy, leaving in October 2000 as a surgeon commander. In 2003 he was recalled to serve in Iraq.

Personal life

Andrew and his wife live near Warminster with their 5 daughters.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for International Security Strategy

The minister is responsible for international defence engagement, defence export campaigns outside the Gulf, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, including delivery of the basing strategy, and Scotland.

Priority areas:

  • Defence Engagement Strategy
  • defence infrastructure and delivery of the basing strategy
  • Scotland

Other responsibilities include:

  • defence export campaigns outside the Gulf
  • NATO transformation and reform
  • EU relations
  • counter-proliferation, arms control and disarmament
  • information management
  • Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) preparation
  • asset disposal, including PEX(A) lead

Also: Prime Minister’s Special Representative for centenary commemoration of World War 1.


by Dr Andrew Murrison MP

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