News: How Did Defence Ministers Fare Overnight?

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

FORCES Network, 9 June 2017

Sir Michael Fallon MP – Defence Secretary (CON)

The Defence Secretary has held his Sevenoaks seat, which he has held since 1997, winning 63.7% of the vote.

Mr Fallon was appointed Defence Secretary in July 2014, serving under David Cameron’s and Theresa May’s premierships.

On defence, he has consistently voted in favour of updating Trident with a new nuclear weapons system, and consistently voted for military action against so-called Islamic State.

He was consistently in favour of the Iraq war, and generally for investigations into the conflict.

Mike Penning MP – Armed Forces Minister (CON)

The Armed Forces Minister has also held his seat in Hemel Hempstead, with 55% of the vote.

He has held the seat since 2005.

Mr Penning joined the British Army after leaving school, serving in the Grenadier Guards, including tours of Northern Ireland, Germany and Kenya.

Previously, he has generally been in favour of updating the UK’s nuclear defence system, and generally for investigations into the Iraq war.

Mike Lancaster – Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel (CON)

Mike Lancaster held his seat in Milton Keynes North, winning with a 47.5% share of the vote.

Mr Lancaster has served 28 years in the military, starting in the British Army after leaving school.

He later transferred to the Terrirotial Army, completing tours of Kosovo, Bosnia and Afghanistan, including commanding a Royal Engineer Bomb Disposal Squadron.

Mr Lancaster currently serves in the Army Reserve at a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Engineers.

Harriet Baldwin MP – Minister for Defence Procurement (CON)

Harriet Baldwin was another government minister to hold her seat, comfortably taking Worcestershire West with 61.5% of the vote.

She has served as Defence Procurement Minister since July 2016.

Mrs Baldwin has also previously represented Britain in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

In the past, she has voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system.

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