Defence Secretary Ben Wallace on a visit to Estonia meeting personnel at a military base in Tapa, Estonia, (Picture: MOD).
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace on a visit to Estonia meeting personnel at a military base in Tapa, Estonia (Picture: MOD).
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Truss cabinet: Ben Wallace kept as Defence Secretary

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace on a visit to Estonia meeting personnel at a military base in Tapa, Estonia, (Picture: MOD).
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace on a visit to Estonia meeting personnel at a military base in Tapa, Estonia (Picture: MOD).

Ben Wallace will stay on as Defence Secretary, after being appointed to the cabinet of new Prime Minister, Liz Truss.

On Twitter, Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said: "Congratulations to @BWallaceMP on his reappointment as Defence Secretary.

"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 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.

In her first phone call with a foreign leader as Prime Minister, Liz Truss has accepted an invitation to visit Ukraine.

Ms Truss held the discussion with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky within hours of becoming PM.