Ben Wallace walking on Downing Street

Ben Wallace: What's The Defence Secretary's Voting Record?

Ben Wallace walking on Downing Street

The Defence Secretary has been re-elected as a Member of Parliament in his constituency of Wyre & Preston North.

It cames as the Conservative Party won a majority in the 2019 General Election.

Ben Wallace was first announced as Defence Secretary as part of Boris Johnson's cabinet shake-up in July, after a three-year stint as a security minister.

Mr Wallace served with the Scots Guards in Northern Ireland, Germany, Cyprus and Central America throughout the 1990s.

In 1992 he was mentioned in dispatches for his work in Northern Ireland.

But how has he voted on defence-related issues?

He has consistently voted for the use of UK forces in combat operations overseas, including airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

He also voted against the requiring of conditions to be filled out before any military action in response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. 

Mr Wallace has almost always supported replacing the UK's Trident nuclear deterrent programme with a new system. 

However, he has also backed a vote to renew the Trident programme.

Ben Wallace has generally voted in favour of replacing Trident (Picture: MOD).
Ben Wallace has generally voted in favour of replacing Trident (Picture: MOD).

Mr Wallace has also generally voted for investigations into the Iraq War. 

He has also generally voted against the strengthening of the Military Covenant

In March 2014, Mr Wallace voted against making same-sex marriage available to Armed Forces personnel outside the UK. 

In fact, he has almost always voted against equal gay rights and in 2013, Mr Wallace twice voted against allowing same-sex couples to get married.

All of the Armed Forces were named in the UK's top 100 UK employers for their commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff in January by charity Stonewall.


Cover image: PA.

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