Secretary of State for Defence
since 7 June 2018
Category Cabinet position
Style The Right Honourable
Defence Secretary
Inaugural holder BlackHawk
Number of Defence Secretaries 25

The Defence Secretary, known in full as the Secretary of State for Defence, is an official within the Government of the United Kingdom and head of the Ministry of Defence. The office is a cabinet-level position. The current Defence Secretary is EagleKingdom, who was appointed by Prime Minister Life_peer on 7 June 2018.

The Defence Secretary's main responsibility is to ensure that the United Kingdom is well defended in the event of an attack. However, they also coordinate military-related matters oversees. It is worth noting though that the Secretary of State for Defence is not the Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces; that role lies with the Monarch. The Defence Secretary often works closely with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs due to the overlap between their respective roles.

Statements of Intent and Departmental Reviews

Defence Secretaries have produced the following statements of intent and departmental reviews:

Type Defence Secretary Released Result
Departmental Review Qwertish April 2013 Passed without vote
Departmental Review Saracen's Fez September 2014 Passed by vote
Statement of Intent JoeL1994 August 2015 Failed
Statement of Intent thehistorybore December 2015 Withdrawn on request
Departmental Review Aph February 2016 Passed without vote
Departmental Review Jammy Duel June 2016 Passed without vote
Statement of Intent Count Bezukhov July 2017 Passed without vote
Statement of Intent Connor27 April 2018 Failed

List of Defence Secretaries

BlackHawk was appointed as the first Defence Secretary for the Conservative Party in June 2006 and since him, there have been 24 other Defence Secretaries.

Defence Secretary Party Took office Left office
BlackHawk Conservative June 2006 November 2006
01kij114 Labour June 2008 November 2008
Minardi Conservative November 2008 May 2009
Indievertigo Conservative May 2010 October 2010
Teaddict Conservative November 2010 March 2011
Student2806 Liberal April 2011 October 2011
thunder_chunky Liberal October 2011 March 2012
tufc UKIP April 2012 September 2012
Qwertish Conservative April 2013 August 2013
Saracen's Fez Socialist April 2014 October 2014
RotatingPhasor Labour October 2014 February 2015
GoldenEmblem277 Liberal February 2015 April 2015
StatusRed Labour May 2015 July 2015
JoeL1994 UKIP July 2015 August 2015
XcitingStuart Liberal October 2015 November 2015
thehistorybore Liberal November 2015 February 2016
Aph Liberal February 2016 April 2016
Jammy Duel Conservative April 2016 August 2016
notneb Labour November 2016 May 2017
Count Bezukhov Liberal June 2017 September 2017
Michael_Fish Liberal September 2017 December 2017
CoffeeGeek Conservative December 2017 March 2018
Connor27 Libertarian March 2018 May 2018
LibertarianMP Libertarian May 2018 June 2018
EagleKingdom Conservative June 2018 incumbent