Secretary of State for Defence

The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

Biography

The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP was appointed Secretary of State for Defence on 2 November 2017. He was Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury) from 14 July 2016 to 2 November 2017.

He was elected Conservative MP for South Staffordshire in May 2010.

Secretary of State for Defence

The Secretary of State for Defence has overall responsibility for the business of the department including:

  • strategic operations and operational strategy, including membership of the National Security Council
  • defence planning, programme and resource allocation
  • strategic international partnerships: US, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, NATO
  • nuclear operations, policy and organisations
  • strategic communications

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)

    • 2016 to 2017

Announcements

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  1. United Kingdom - Poland Quadriga 2018: joint communiqué

    • Press release
  2. Update: air strikes against Daesh

    • News story
  3. The Military division of the Queen's birthday honours list 2018

    • News story
  4. Defence Secretary announces new UK deployments

    • News story
  5. Britain’s most advanced jets touch down on home soil

    • News story
  6. Raising the Bar for Regional Security Cooperation

    • Speech
  7. D-Day veterans invited to register for 75th Anniversary

    • News story
  8. Defence Secretary outlines plans for Indo-Pacific security at global summit

    • News story
  9. UK poised for take-off on ambitious Defence Space Strategy with personnel boost

    • News story
  10. Defence Secretary praises troops about to embark on countering elephant and rhino poaching operation

    • News story