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

  1. UK Government helps train Park Rangers in Malawi to combat the illegal wildlife trade
  2. Defence Secretary confirms UK-US relationship remains unparalleled
  3. Defence Secretary at Atlantic Council
  4. Launch of the Combat Air Strategy at the Farnborough Air Show
  5. British Military steps up Women, Peace and Security efforts
  6. Update: air strikes against Daesh
  7. Defence Secretary strengthens Romania ties and thanks RAF crews
  8. Joint UK-Qatari Typhoon squadron stands up as defence relationship deepens
  9. Defence Secretary highlights North East’s military footprint at Gateshead defence firm
  10. UK host Australia-UK ministerial talks