Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the Armed Forces)

James Heappey MP


James Heappey was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Wells Constituency in May 2015.

Before entering politics, James served in the Army reaching the rank of Major. In a 10 year career in the Rifles, James served on operations in Kabul in 2005, Northern Ireland in 2006, Basra in 2007 and Sangin in Helmand Province in 2009. He also served in Kenya and across the United Kingdom.

James was appointed Minister for Defence Procurement on 16 December 2019, having previously served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the Armed Forces)

Responsible for armed forces activity including operations, operational legal matters, force generation and international defence engagement.

Responsibilities include:

  • operations and operational legal policy
  • Brexit no deal planning
  • force generation (including exercises)
  • military recruitment and retention policy (regulars and reserves)
  • cyber
  • Permanent Joint Operating bases
  • international defence engagement strategy
  • lead for defence engagement in Africa and Latin America
  • human security
  • operational public inquiries, inquests
  • youth and cadets
  • commemorations, ceremonial duties, medallic recognition and protocol policy and casework

More about this role

Ministry of Defence