UK/Defence Secretary

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(Minister of Defence)
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Start1 April 1964
Leader ofUK/Ministry of Defence
DeputyMinister of State for the Armed Forces
PredecessorsSecretary of State for War
Subpage(s)UK/Defence Secretary/Specialist Adviser
Leader of the UK/Ministry of DefenceBoss of the Minister/State for the Armed Forces.

Formerly known as the Secretary of State for War.


Office Holders on Wikispooks

Grant Shapps31 August 2023
Ben Wallace24 July 201931 August 2023
Penny Mordaunt1 May 201924 July 2019
Gavin Williamson2 November 20171 May 2019
Michael Fallon15 July 20141 November 2017
Philip Hammond14 October 201115 July 2014
Liam Fox12 May 201014 October 2011
Bob Ainsworth5 June 200911 May 2010
John Hutton3 October 20085 June 2009
Des Browne5 May 20063 October 2008
John Reid6 May 20055 May 2006advised by Josh Arnold-Foster, later of the Institute for Statecraft
Geoff Hoon11 October 19996 May 2005
George Robertson3 May 199711 October 1999
Michael Portillo5 July 19952 May 1997
Malcolm Rifkind10 April 19925 July 1995
Tom King24 July 198911 April 1992
George Younger7 January 198624 July 1989
Michael Heseltine6 January 19837 January 1986
John Nott5 January 19816 January 1983
Francis Pym4 May 19795 January 1981
Fred Mulley10 September 19764 May 1979
Roy Mason4 March 197410 September 1976
Ian Gilmour8 January 19744 March 1974
Peter Carrington20 June 19708 January 1974
Denis Healey16 October 196419 June 1970
Peter Thorneycroft13 July 196216 October 1964
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