The Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP
Labour MP for Coventry North East
Bob Ainsworth MP is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Coventry North East since 1992. In June 2007, Mr Ainsworth moved to the Ministry of Defence becoming the Minister of State for the Armed Forces. In June 2009, he was appointed to the Cabinet replacing John Hutton as the Secretary of State for Defence. From May 2010 to September 2010, Mr Ainsworth held the position of Shadow Defence Secretary.
The Rt Hon Michael Ancram, QC
Former Conservative MP for Devizes
Michael Ancram is a United Kingdom Conservative Party politician. He is a member of the House of Lords and former Member of Parliament. After 2005 election, Ancram was appointed a Shadow Secretary of State for Defence but remained a Deputy Leader. He stood down from the shadow cabinet in December 2005. In January 2006 he became a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee. He is also currently the Chief of the Scottish Kerr Clan.
The Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP
Conservative MP for North East Hampshire
James Arbuthnot is a British Conservative politician. He first entered Parliament in 1987 as MP for Wanstead & Woodford and since 1997 has represented North East Hampshire. He served as Opposition Chief Whip in 1997 until 2001 and as Shadow Secretary of State for Trade from 2003 until 2005, before becoming Chairman of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, a post he has held since in 2005.
The Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP
Labour MP for Derby South
Margaret Beckett MP is a British Labour Party politician who is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Derby South.
After Labour’s victory in the 1997 general election, Mrs Beckett became a member of Tony Blair’s Cabinet. Initially the President of the Board of Trade, she was later the Leader of the House of Commons and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In 2006, Mrs Beckett was appointed British Foreign Secretary, making her the first woman to hold the position, and, after Margaret Thatcher, the second woman to hold one of the Great Offices of State.
Admiral the Lord Boyce GCB OBE DL
Admiral the Lord Michael Boyce, Baron Boyce, is a cross bench member of the British House of Lords, a former First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy and Chief of the Defence Staff. He was appointed Commander-in-Chief Fleet in 1997, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff in 1998 and, then, Chief of the Defence Staff in 2001. He retired from that position in 2003. He was a European Union Sub-committee (Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy) member between 2005 and 2006 and a co-opted member 2006-2008.
Field Marshal The Lord Bramall KG GCB OBE MC DL JP
Field Marshal Edwin Bramall is a British Army officer who has served as Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, between 1979 and 1982. He served as Chief of the Defence Staff, professional head of the British Armed Forces, from 1982 to 1985. After his retirement Lord Bramall served as Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London from 1986 to 1998. He raised to the peerage in 1987, then further invested as a Knight of the Garter (the United Kingdom’s highest order of chivalry) in 1990.
Rt Hon the Lord Browne of Ladyton
Convener of The Top Level Group
Lord Desmond Browne of Ladyton is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Kilmarnock and Loudoun from 1997 to 2010. He was a member of the Cabinet of the United Kingdom under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and served as Defence and Scottish Secretary of State in 2008.
He is the current Convenor of the Top Level Group of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation and a member of the Executive Board for the European Leadership Network (ELN).
Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP
Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire
Alistair Burt entered Parliament for the first time in 1983 for Bury North and since 2001 has been the Member of Parliament for North East Bedfordshire.
Following a lengthy and varied front bench career in both Government and Opposition, Alistair was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office between May 2010 – October 2013 with responsibility for Counter Terrorism, Counter Proliferation, Counter Piracy, North America, Middle East and North Africa, the Maldives and Sri Lanka. Mr Burt was appointed a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council in November 2013.
The Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell, CBE QC MP
Liberal Democrat MP for North East Fife
Sir Menzies Campbell MP is a British politician, advocate, and a retired Olympic sprinter. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Fife, and was the Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2 March 2006 until 15 October 2007. He worked as Principal Spokesperson for Defence and Foreign Affairs 1999-2001. He then became Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs between 2001 and 2006.
Sir Menzies is currently a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee, the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and the Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.
The Rt Hon the Lord Carrington KG GCMG CH MC PC DL
Lord Peter Carrington, 6th Baron Carrington is a British Conservative politician. He served as British Defence Secretary between 1970 and 1974, British Foreign Secretary between 1979 and 1982 and as the sixth Secretary General of NATO from 1984 to 1988. He is the last peer to have held one of the four Great Offices of State. He is also the last surviving member of the Cabinets of both Harold Macmillan and Sir Alec Douglas-Home. Following the House of Lords Act 1999, Carington was created a life peer as Baron Carrington of Upton.
General the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank GCB LVO OBE
General the Lord Charles Guthrie of Craigiebank was Chief of the Defence Staff of the United Kingdom between 1997 and 2001. He also served as Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, between 1994 and 1997. He is a cross bench peer in the House of Lords, raised to the peerage as Baron Guthrie of Craigiebank, of Craigiebank in the City of Dundee in 2001.
Rt Hon the Lord Hannay of Chiswick
Cross Bench Peer
Lord Hannay, diplomat, held various positions in the foreign office in London during the 1970s and 1980s. He was a minister at the British Embassy in Washington, DC in 1984-1985, and was then promoted to ambassador and permanent representative to the European Economic Community from 1985 to 1990. He then spent the next five years as ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations.
Most recently he has taken on specialized roles such as Special Representative for Cyprus between 1996 and 2003 and a member of the UN High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, reporting to the Secretary-General in December 2004.
Sir Nick Harvey
Liberal Democrat MP for North Devon
Sir Nick Harvey has been North Devon’s Member of Parliament since 1992. After the General Election of 2010 and the forming of a coalition Government, he held the position of Minister of State for the Armed Forces, leading on operational policy, until September 2012.
Amongst others, Sir Nick also held the positions as Shadow Defence Secretary (2006-2010) for the Liberal Democrats Party and was Member/Spokesman of the House of Commons Commission (2005-2010).
Before entering Parliament, Nick worked in communications and marketing for the City consultants, Dewe Rogerson. He was a student at Middlesex University where he was also President-elect of the University Students’ Union.
Lord Howe of Aberavon
Lord Geoffrey Howe of Aberavon is a British Conservative politician. Lord Howe was the Member of Parliament for Bebington from 1964 to 1966, Reigate from 1970 to 1974, and East Surrey from 1974 to 1992. In 1970 he was knighted and appointed Solicitor General in Edward Heath’s government, and in 1972 became Minister of State at the Department of Trade and Industry, with a seat in the Cabinet.
He was Margaret Thatcher’s longest-serving Cabinet minister, successively holding the posts of Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1979 for four years, Foreign Secretary in 1983 for 6 years, and finally Leader of the House of Commons and Deputy Prime Minister from 1989-1990. He was raised to the peerage as Baron Howe of Aberavon, of Tandridge in the County of Surrey in 1992
Rt Hon the Lord Hurd of Westwell CH CBE
The Rt Hon the Lord Hurd of Westwell is British Conservative politician and novelist, who served in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major between 1979 and 1995. Lord Hurd was the Member of Parliament for Witney from 1983 until 1997. During that time, Lord Hurd was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office from 1979 until 1983 and Minister of State at the Home Office from 1983 until 1984. He was then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in 1983 and returned to the Home Office, as Secretary of State from 1985 until 1989. He was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in 1989 until 1995.
Between 2002 and 2009 he was the Co-President of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
The Rt Hon Lord Kerr of Kinlochard
John Kerr, is a former British diplomat, is Deputy Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell and an independent member of the House of Lords.
During his diplomatic career, he has worked on political-military issues in the Foreign Office and the Treasury. He has served in Moscow, Pakistan and Washington, amongst others. From 1990 until 1995 was the UK’s Ambassador to the European Communities/European Union. In 1995, he served as the British Ambassador to the United States, a post he held until 1997. From 1997 until 2002, he was appointed Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office and Head of the Diplomatic Service. After leaving government he became Deputy Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell, Chairman of Imperial College, Chairman of the Centre for European Reform, and is an Independent Member of the House of Lords.
Rt Hon the Lord King of Bridgwater CH
Lord Tom King of Bridgwater is a British Conservative politician. He served in the Cabinet from 1983 until 1992, and was the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Bridgwater in Somerset from 1970 until 2001. He was appointed Defence Secretary under Prime Minister John Major during the Gulf War. He left the Cabinet after the 1992 general election, and returned to the backbenches where he served as Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Select Committee from 1994-2001. He was made a life peer in 2001.
The Rt Hon the Lord Owen CH PC FKC
Lord David Owen is a British politician. Under Labour Governments, he served as Navy Minister, Health Minister and Foreign Secretary. He was co-founder of the Social Democratic Party and its Leader from 1983-87 and 1988-90. From 1992-95 Lord Owen served as EU peace negotiator in the former Yugoslavia. In 1992 became an independent crossbench peer in the House of Lords. Lord Owen served as the Treasurer and member of the Palme Commission on Disarmament and Security Issues and was also a member of the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues and Carnegie Commission on Preventing Armed Conflict. He was Chancellor of Liverpool University from 1996-2009.
General the Lord Ramsbotham GCB CBE
General David Ramsbotham, is a retired British Army officer, former Adjutant General and ADC General to Her Majesty the Queen. He served as Commander UK Field Army and Inspector General Territorial Army between 1987 and 1990 and as Adjutant-General to the Forces between 1990 and 1993. General Ramsbotham later served as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons. He was awarded a life peerage in 2005, and sits on the cross benches of the House of Lords.
The Rt Hon the Lord Reid
Former Labour MP for Airdrie and Shotts
Lord John Reid is a British Labour Party politician and Chairman of Celtic Football Club. Reid served in several senior cabinet positions under Tony Blair, including as Secretary of State for Scotland (1999-2001), Secretary of State for Health (2003-2005), Secretary of State for Defence (2005-2006) and Home Secretary (2006-2007). In 2007 he left the cabinet, and retired from parliament in 2010, being raised to the peerage the same year.
Reid currently serves as Honorary Professor at the Institute for Security and Resilience Studies at University College London.
The Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP
Conservative MP for Kensington and Chelsea
Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP is a British politician elected as MP in 1974 until 1997. In 1979, he was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, at first in the Scottish Office and then in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, promoted to Minister of State in 1983.
He became a member of the Cabinet in 1986 as Secretary of State for Scotland. In 1990 he became Secretary of State for Transport and in 1992 Secretary of State for Defence. From 1995-97 he was Foreign Secretary. He was one of only four ministers to serve throughout the whole Prime Ministerships of both Margaret Thatcher and John Major. In 1997 he was knighted in recognition of his public service. Sir Malcolm was re-elected as a Member of Parliament in May 2005 for Kensington and Chelsea. He served as the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Welfare Reform until December 2005.
Lord Robertson of Port Ellen
Lord Robertson of Port Ellen is a British Labour Party politician and served as the 10th Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation from 1999 to 2004. He has also served as Defence Secretary for the United Kingdom from 1997 to 1999 in the Government of Tony Blair. He has received a total of 11 honorary doctorates from various universities. Currently he holds directorships of several notable companies in the UK, including the Weir Group, and Cable and Wireless.
Lord Robertson is also a Senior Counselor at The Cohen Group, in Washington D.C. providing advice and assistance in marketing and regulatory affairs.
Rt Hon Sir John Stanley MP
Conservative MP for Tonbridge and Malling
Sir John Stanley is a British Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Tonbridge and Malling. Elected in 1974, he was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Mrs Margaret Thatcher MP, then leader of the Opposition from 1976 to 1979. In 1979 he was promoted to Minister of State with responsibility for housing at the Department of the Environment. In 1983, he was made Minister of State for the Armed Forces in the Ministry of Defence. In 1987 he was appointed Minister of State for Northern Ireland until 1988. Since 2011, Sir John he has served as the Chairman of the Committees on Arms Export Controls which consist of four Select Committees: Business, Innovation and Skills; Defence; Foreign Affairs; and International Development Committees.
The Rt Hon The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean
Baroness Symons is a senior Labour Member of the House of Lords. Formerly Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, she was a Minister in the UK Government from 1997 until stepping down in 2005. Among her Government posts she was Minister for the Middle East, Minister for International Trade, Minister for Defence Procurement, and the Prime Minister’s envoy to the Gulf.
The Baroness has a wide range of experience, in the Middle East in particular, and is adviser to a number of commercial organisations including DLA Piper, The CCC Group, Rio Tinto, Blenheim Capital and the KSC Group.
Lord West of Spithead
The Admiral The Right Honourable Baron West of Spithead commanded the frigate HMS ARDENT sunk in the Falkland Islands and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his part in the action. He served three years as head of Naval Intelligence and three years as Chief of Defence Intelligence. He was Commander-in-Chief Fleet for the invasion of Afghanistan.
He was First Sea Lord for the invasion of Iraq and widening of Afghanistan operations. He advised both Conservatives and Labour on defence and foreign policy before, in July 2007, becoming the Minister responsible for national security and counter-terrorism as well as cyber security. He left government when the coalition formed.
Baroness Williams of Crosby
Liberal Democrat Peer
Baroness Williams of Crosby is a British politician and academic. Originally a Labour Member of Parliament (MP) and Cabinet Minister, she left the party to help found the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1981. From 2001 to 2004, she served as Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, and served as Adviser on Nuclear Proliferation to Prime Minister Gordon Brown from 2007 to 2010.
Baroness Williams also serves as Professor Emerita of Electoral Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she taught from 1988 to 2001. Baroness Williams has also served as Commissioner of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and as President of Cambridge Student Liberal Democrats.