Secretary of State for Defence

The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP

Biography

The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson 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. Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury)

    • 2016 to 2017

Announcements

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  1. Defence Secretary in Doha as multi-billion pound jet contract with Qatar is signed

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  2. Queen welcomes Royal Navy's largest ever ship into the fleet

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  3. Royal Navy ship set for Australia, Defence Secretary reveals

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  4. Defence Secretary announces £250M investment in new homes for service families

    • News story
  5. HMS Sutherland to deploy to Asia Pacific, Defence Secretary announces on-board

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  6. Afghan National Army Officer Academy celebrates 10th graduation

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  7. UK and France increase security cooperation in the Channel

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  8. New Defence Secretary recognises Scots defence role

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  9. Queen to commission namesake aircraft carrier in just three weeks, Defence Secretary announces on flight-deck

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  10. The Nation remembers

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