Comment: Why Did Theresa May Keep Fallon As Defence Secretary?
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Comment: Why Did Theresa May Keep Fallon As Defence Secretary?

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.

Mark Lancaster - Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel (CON)

Mark 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 Territorial 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.

Julian Lewis MP – Chair, Defence Select Committee (CON)

Julian Lewis held his seat New Forest East, with 62.6% of the vote.

He was appointed to Chair of the Defence Select Committee in June 2015.

Mr Lewis has consistently voted in favour of renewing Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent and consistently for the Iraq war.

He also generally voted in favour for the Iraq war to be investigated, but has generally voted against military action against Islamic State.

Nia Griffith MP - Shadow Defence Secretary (LAB)

The Shadow Defence Secretary held her seat in Llanelli, taking 53.3% of the vote.

She has held her current position in the Shadow Cabinet since October 2016.

In the past, Nia Griffith has generally voted against replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system, however in their 2017 manifesto the Labour Party supported Trident's renewal.

She has also consistently voted against investigations into the Iraq war.

Brendan O’Hara MP – Defence Spokesperson, Scottish National Party (SNP)

The SNP’s defence spokesman held his seat of Argyll and Bute with a reduced majority, winning 36% of the vote.

Mr O’Hara was appointed his party’s spokesman for defence in May 2015.

He has consistently voted against replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system, and against military action against Islamic State.

He also consistently voted in favour of investigations into the war in Iraq.

Angus Robertson – Former Defence Spokesperson (2001-2015), Scottish National Party (SNP)

However, the SNP’s leader in the House of Commons and former defence spokesperson, Angus Robertson, lost his seat in Moray to the Conservative Party.

He had held the seat since June 2001.

Previously, he has consistently been against military action against Islamic State, and in December 2015, he voted against British airstrikes in Syria.

He has almost always voted against the renewal of Britain's nuclear weapons system.

Voting records and information taken from TheyWorkForYou.com.

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