New Secretary of State for Defence

August 31, 2023
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Defence Secretary Grant Shapps.

The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP was today appointed Secretary of State for Defence.

Mr Shapps (pictured) replaces The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, who held the role from July 2019.

The new Defence Secretary’s previous job in Government was as Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero from 7 February 2023 to 31 August 2023.

He was elected the Conservative MP for Welwyn Hatfield in 2005.

In his new role his responsibilities will include:

  • Strategic operations and operational strategy, including as a member of the National Security Council
  • Defence planning, programme and resource allocation
  • Strategic international partnerships: US, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, NATO
  • Nuclear operations, policy and organisations
  • Strategic communications