Minister of State for the Armed Forces

The Rt Hon Mike Penning MP

Biography

Mike Penning was appointed Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence on 15 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Hemel Hempstead in 2005.

Education

Mike was educated at Appleton and King Edmund comprehensive schools in Essex.

Political career

Previously Mike was:

  • Elected MP for Hemel Hempstead 2005
  • Member, Health Committee 2005 to 2008
  • Shadow Minister for Health 2007 to 2010
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport 2010 to 2012
  • Minister of State for Northern Ireland September 2012
  • Minister of State for Disabled People 2013 to 2014
  • Minister of State at the Home Office and Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice from July 2014 until July 2016

Career outside politics

After school Mike joined the British army and served in the Grenadier Guards. He then worked as a firefighter before going into the family business. He later worked as a political journalist.

Personal life

He is married to Angela and has 2 daughters. He is passionate about sport, especially rugby union and football.

Minister of State for the Armed Forces

The minister is responsible for armed forces activity including operations, operational legal matters, force generation and international defence engagement including:

  • operations and operational legal policy
  • force generation (including exercises)
  • manning, recruitment and retention of regulars
  • cyber
  • Permanent Joint Operating Bases
  • Northern Ireland
  • international defence engagement
  • Africa and Latin America
  • operational public inquiries, inquests, safety and security

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister for Policing, Fire and Criminal Justice and Victims

    • 2014 to 2016
  2. Minister of State for Disabled People

    • 2013 to 2014
  3. Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office

    • 2012 to 2013
  4. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

    • 2010 to 2012

Announcements

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  1. Armed Forces Minister welcomes liberation of Manbij

    • News story
  2. Defence Minister makes reassurance visit to RAF Marham

    • News story
  3. Nominations open for awards celebrating police volunteers

    • Press release
  4. Legislation to allow Police and Crime Commissioners to take responsibility for their local fire service

    • News story
  5. Fire Minister urges households to test smoke alarms

    • Press release
  6. Changes to Police and Crime Commissioners complaints system

    • News story
  7. Addressing the needs of ex-armed services personnel in the criminal justice system

    • Statement to Parliament
  8. Final contracts for new emergency services network are signed

    • News story
  9. New psychoactive substance banned under temporary power

    • News story
  10. Police Innovation Fund 2016/17

    • News story