Image ID 2JXCYH5 New Foreign Secretary James Cleverly arriving for first cabinet meeting under Truss Government 070922 CREDIT ZUMA PRESS INC, ALAMY STOCK PHOTO
British Army reservist James Cleverly is the new Foreign Secretary (Picture: Zuma Press Inc/Alamy Stock Photo).
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Cabinet reshuffle: The ministers with links to the military

Image ID 2JXCYH5 New Foreign Secretary James Cleverly arriving for first cabinet meeting under Truss Government 070922 CREDIT ZUMA PRESS INC, ALAMY STOCK PHOTO
British Army reservist James Cleverly is the new Foreign Secretary (Picture: Zuma Press Inc/Alamy Stock Photo).

The UK's new Prime Minister Liz Truss has announced her cabinet.

There have been numerous changes from the people who served the country under Boris Johnson's leadership.

A number of MPs in the cabinet have served in the military - Forces News takes a closer look.

Ben Wallace

Former British Army officer Ben Wallace is staying on as Defence Secretary.

The veteran attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and during the 1990s, he served in Northern Ireland, Germany, Cyprus and Central America.

In 1992, he was mentioned in dispatches.

On Twitter, Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin congratulated Mr Wallace on his reappointment.

He said: "I look forward to continuing to work with him and Prime Minister Liz Truss to keep our country safe, support Ukraine and modernise the British Armed Forces to become even more lethal and deployable."

James Heappey

Another former British Army officer is James Heappey in the cabinet is James Heappey.

The Afghanistan veteran has become Minister for the Armed Forces and Veterans and will attend cabinet alongside Mr Wallace.

His post has been created following the departure of Johnny Mercer, whose newly-created role of Minister for Veterans' Affairs is no more.

In a statement posted on social media, Mr Mercer said he was "disappointed" to have been "relieved of my duties in Government" by Liz Truss.

Before entering politics, Mr Heappey reached the rank of major in the British Army.

In a career spanning a decade with the Rifles, he served on operations in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2005, Northern Ireland in 2006, Basra in Iraq in 2007 and Helmand Province in Afghanistan in 2009.

James Cleverly

In one of the changes to the leadership team, British Army reservist James Cleverly is appointed the new Foreign Secretary.

For almost 20 years he has been an officer in the Territorial Army, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and is currently part of Central Volunteers HQ Royal Artillery, working as a Staff Officer in 1st (UK) Armoured Division.

Until 2005, he was the Officer Commanding 266 (parachute) Battery Royal Artillery (volunteers).

Mr Cleverly is president of the Ulysses Trust which supports cadets and members of the reserve forces to undertake challenging adventurous and community-related activities.

 

Penny Mordaunt

Former Defence Secretary, and Tory leadership candidate this year, Penny Mordaunt is the new Leader of the Commons.

The Royal Navy reservist became the UK's first female Defence Secretary in 2019.

Ms Mordaunt lasted 85 days in the post, replaced by Ben Wallace as part of a Boris Johnson reshuffle.

Tom Tugendhat

Another Conservative leadership candidate, Afghanistan veteran and Army reservist Tom Tugendhat is Minister for Security.

Mr Tugendhat, 48, left the British Army in July 2013 after a career in which he served on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and, most recently, as the military assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff.

As a Territorial Army officer, he also worked on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and established the Armed Forces Muslim Association.