Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime

The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP

Biography

Ben Wallace was appointed Minister of State for Security at the Home Office on 17 July 2016. He was elected the Conservative MP for Wyre and Preston North in May 2010.

Education

Ben attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and Millfield School in Somerset.

Political career

Ben first entered politics as a Member of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. Following a move to Lancashire, he was elected to the UK House of Parliament in 2005. In 2010 Ben was elected as MP for the newly-created constituency of Wyre and Preston North. He has held a number of posts both in opposition and government, including Shadow Minister for Scotland and Parliamentary Private Secretary to The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke CH QC MP, at the Ministry of Justice and Cabinet Office. In July 2014, Ben Wallace was appointed as a government whip. He previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office from May 2015 until July 2016.

In 2008, he was awarded ‘Campaigner of the Year’ by The Spectator after leading calls for improved transparency and the reform of parliamentary expenses.

Career outside politics

After school Ben worked as a ski instructor in Austria before starting a career in the armed forces. On completing Sandhurst he was commissioned as an Officer into the Scots Guards. During the 1990s he saw service in Northern Ireland, Germany, Cyprus and Central America. He was mentioned in dispatches in 1992.

In 2003 Ben Wallace joined the aerospace company QinetiQ as their overseas director.

Personal life

Ben and his family live in Lancashire. He enjoys rugby, skiing, motor sports and horse racing.

Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime

The minister is responsible for:

  • implementing the strategic defence and security review
  • counter-terrorism (including CONTEST; counter-terrorism work in prisons; Protect and Prepare; terrorist financing; counter-terrorism policing; international police co-operation; terrorism prevention and investigation measures, and individual use of disruptive powers; proscription of terrorist groups)
  • investigatory powers (including Investigatory Powers Bill; Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 and Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act legislation)
  • communications data legislation
  • communications capabilities development
  • aviation security
  • chemical biological radiological nuclear defence (CBRNE) and science and technology programme management
  • serious and organised crime strategy (including foreign national offenders engaged in serious organised crime)
  • criminal finance and asset recovery
  • cyber security
  • cyber crime (including fraud)
  • National Crime Agency oversight
  • UK anti-corruption policy
  • Economic crime

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Northern Ireland

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Assistant Whip

    • 2014 to 2015

Announcements

  1. Terrorism response tested in national multi-agency exercise
  2. Minister launches updated Serious and Organised Crime Strategy
  3. Campaign to prevent properties being bought with dirty money
  4. UK tests life-saving chemical detection robots and drones
  5. Transparency report on disruptive and investigatory powers published
  6. Finding explosives hidden in electrical items collaboration event
  7. Home Office wins judgment to maintain powers to keep people safe
  8. Foreign Secretary travels to Toronto for G7 meeting
  9. Government commits £1.8 million to fund innovation in aviation security
  10. Home Office Minister visits Tunisia