New Secretary of State for Defence appointed

The Prime Minister has confirmed the appointment of Grant Shapps as the new Secretary of State for Defence, following Ben Wallace's decision to stand down last month.

Following the former Defence Secretary Ben Wallace's resignation announcement last month, changes to the Ministerial team at the Ministry of Defence (MOD) have been expected as part of the Prime Minister's Cabinet mini-reshuffle. As part of this reshuffle Grant Shapps, who previously held the position of Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Defence. 

At the time of writing, the wider team at the MOD remains unchanged, with Andrew Murrison remaining as Minister for Defence, People & Veterans, James Cartlidge continuing in his role as Minister for Defence Procurement and James Heappey staying on as Minister for the Armed Forces.

Commenting on X (formerly Twitter) Grant Shapps said:

I’m honoured to be appointed as Defence Secretary by @RishiSunak. I’d like to pay tribute to the enormous contribution Ben Wallace has made to UK defence & global security over the last 4 years. As I get to work at @DefenceHQ. I am looking forward to working with the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who defend our nation’s security. And continuing the UK’s support for Ukraine in their fight against Putin’s barbaric invasion.

You can read Ben Wallace's resignation letter here.

Fred Sugden

Fred Sugden

Associate Director, Defence and National Security, techUK


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