Gavin Williamson named new Defence Secretary

Gavin Williamson

Gavin Williamson announced as new Defence Secretary

Following the resignation of Sir Michael Fallon, Chief Whip Gavin Williamson has been appointed the new Defence Secretary by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Sir Michael Fallon resigned on Wednesday, stating that his behaviour had “fallen short” of the standards expected by the UK military.


Sir Michael had been Defence Secretary since 2014 when he succeeded the current Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Gavin Williamson Statement:

Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said:

I am both honoured and excited to have been appointed Defence Secretary. I have always had the greatest admiration for the professionalism and valour of all those who serve in our country’s Armed Forces.

The United Kingdom faces rising threats in a worsening international security situation, making Defence’s work all the more important. It is imperative that we continue to take the fight to Daesh and keep Britain safe. As we leave the European Union, and forge a new Global Britain, Defence has the opportunity to deepen old friendships and contribute to building new ones around the world.

I am determined to ensure that the Armed Forces receive the recognition they deserve for the great work they do, including through the Armed Forces Covenant, and that they evolve both to meet the changing threats that we face, and to ensure that they properly represent the modern society that they defend.