Secretary of State for Defence

The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP

Biography

The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP was appointed Defence Secretary on 15 July 2014. He has been the Conservative MP for Sevenoaks, Kent, since 1997.

Education

Michael was educated at Epsom College and the University of St Andrews.

Political career

Michael was MP for Darlington from 1983 to 1992. He was a minister in the Department for Education and Science from 1990 to 1992. More recently he has held positions on the Treasury Select Committee and was Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. He was appointed Minister for Business and Enterprise in September 2012 and Minister of State for Energy in March 2013. In 2014 he also became Minister for Portsmouth.

Career outside politics

Michael is a former director of Bannatyne Fitness Ltd (fitness clubs), Quality Care Homes plc (nursing homes), Just Learning Ltd (nurseries), Attendo AB (Scandinavian social and health care) and Tullett Prebon plc (inter-dealing broking).

Personal life

Michael is married and has 2 children.

Secretary of State for Defence

The Secretary of State for Defence has overall responsibility for the business of the department providing strategic direction on policy, operations, acquisition and personnel matters, including:

  • operational strategy, including as a member of the National Security Council
  • defence planning, programme and resource allocation
  • international relations including lead for US, France and Saudi Arabia
  • defence exports policy, including as chair of the cross-Government Exports Working Group
  • nuclear programme
  • communications

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Business and Enterprise

    • 2012 to 2014
  2. Minister of State for Energy

    • 2013 to 2014
  3. Minister for Portsmouth

    • 2014 to 2014

Announcements

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  1. Defence Secretary thanks UK military personnel tackling ISIL

    • 1 March 2015
    • News story
  2. The Queen to attend Afghanistan service of commemoration

    • 27 February 2015
    • News story
  3. Defence reform: a new relationship with industry

    • 27 February 2015
    • Speech
  4. PM announces package of non-lethal support to Ukraine

    • 24 February 2015
    • News story
  5. Defence Secretary meets Qatari counterpart to discuss international response to ISIL

    • 23 February 2015
    • News story
  6. New Libor funding to build veterans' accommodation

    • 23 February 2015
    • News story
  7. Defence Secretary praises UK military for Sierra Leonean efforts

    • 20 February 2015
    • Press release
  8. Prime Minister announces major boost to UK economy with £859 million shipbuilding investment

    • 20 February 2015
    • News story
  9. Major investment to boost UK fast jet home in East of England

    • 19 February 2015
    • News story
  10. South Coast jobs boost with £420m defence contract

    • 17 February 2015
    • Press release