Ben Wallace (politician)
|Secretary of State for Defence|
|Assumed office |
24 July 2019
|Prime Minister||Boris Johnson|
|Preceded by||Penny Mordaunt|
|Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime|
17 July 2016 – 24 July 2019
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Preceded by||John Hayes|
|Succeeded by||Brandon Lewis|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland|
12 May 2015 – 17 July 2016
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Andrew Murrison|
|Succeeded by||Kris Hopkins|
|Member of Parliament |
for Wyre and Preston North
Lancaster and Wyre (2005–2010)
|Assumed office |
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Hilton Dawson|
|Member of the Scottish Parliament |
for North East Scotland
6 May 1999 – 31 March 2003
|Preceded by||Constituency created|
|Succeeded by||Nanette Milne|
Robert Ben Lobban Wallace
15 May 1970
Farnborough, London, England
Liza Cooke (m. 2001)
|Alma mater||Royal Military Academy Sandhurst|
|Years of service||1991–1998|
|Awards||Mentioned in dispatches|
Robert Ben Lobban Wallace (born 15 May 1970) is a British politician serving as Secretary of State for Defence since 24 July 2019. He previously was the UK’s longest-serving Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime from 2016 to 2019. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wyre and Preston North since the 2010 United Kingdom general election. Wallace was first elected as the MP for Lancaster and Wyre in the 2005 United Kingdom general election, having previously served as a Captain in the British Army.
Early life and career
Wallace was born in Farnborough, Kent. He was privately educated at Millfield School in Somerset. After School Wallace became a ski instructor with the Austrian National Ski School in the village of Alpbach in Austria.
Military and business career
Aged 19, Wallace attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, before he was commissioned in 1991 into the Scots Guards. His first posting was as a Platoon Commander in the Armoured Infantry role in Hohne, Germany. During the following 8 years, Wallace deployed on operations to Northern Ireland and served in Cyprus, Belize, and carried out public duties in London. He carried out a range of roles including Intelligence Officer and Company Commander. He was mentioned in despatches in 1992.
From 2003 to 2005 he was Overseas Director of the aerospace company QinetiQ, the UK's former Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA).
Political career[edit source]
Scottish Parliament[edit source]
After leaving the Army, Wallace became a Conservative Member of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, as a list MSP for North East Scotland. He stood down in 2003, as he sought selection for a Westminster constituency in England. Wallace was the Scottish Conservatives' shadow health spokesman during that time.
United Kingdom Parliament
Wallace won the Lancaster and Wyre Constituency from Labour in 2005. The election result saw a 481 vote (0.92%) Labour majority swing to a 4171 vote (8.00%) Conservative majority. The overall swing was 4.50% from Labour to Conservative. This constituency was number nine on the 2005 Conservative 'target list'. He subsequently became the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wyre and Preston North after winning the seat at the 2010 general election; he was re-elected in 2015 and 2017.
From 2005 to 2010 Wallace was a member of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee. From 2006 to 2010 Wallace was the Shadow Minister of State for Scotland. He was Chairman of the British–Iran Parliamentary Group from 2006 to 2014. On 13 November 2008, Wallace was awarded Campaigner of the Year in the Spectator/Threadneedle Parliamentarian awards, for his work promoting transparency of MPs expenses.
Following his re-election to Parliament in 2010, Wallace was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the then-Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, and later Minister without Portfolio in the Cabinet Office, Ken Clarke MP. On 4 September 2012, Wallace turned down a position as a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury during the cabinet reshuffle. to remain Clarke's PPS. In July 2014, as Clarke returned to the back benches, Wallace was again offered a job in Government as a whip. This time he accepted. In May 2015 he was promoted to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Northern Ireland Office.
After the EU referendum, the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, promoted him to Minister of State for Security in the Home Office. In December 2017 the Ministerial portfolio was extended to include Economic Crime. He was the Security Minister during the terror attacks of 2017 and the Salisbury attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal.
In 2001, he married Liza Cooke and they have three children.
Wallace resides near Lancaster and in London.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Lancaster and Wyre
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Wyre and Preston North
| Secretary of State for Defence