In the recent change of leadership and the subsequent cabinet re-shuffle, TMT almost forgot to mention Ben Wallace – for which we apologise.
Mr Wallace has been appointed Secretary of State for Defence by Boris Johnson, replacing Penny Mordaunt who had only been in post for a matter of weeks. She is in fact a Naval Reserve officer and had been regarded as an excellent fit for the post. Mr Wallace is also linked to the Services, having been in the Scots Guards and served in Northern Ireland, Germany, Cyprus and Central America. He was mentioned in dispatches in 1992.
Prior to being elected as an MP, Ben was an overseas director at the UK defence company QinetiQ, formed from parts of the old RARDE/DERA organisation that was privatised in 2001.
His political career began in 1999. According to the Government website: “Ben first entered politics as a Member of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. Following a move to Lancashire, he was elected to the UK House of Parliament in 2005. In 2010 Ben was elected as MP for the newly-created constituency of Wyre and Preston North. He has held a number of posts both in opposition and government, including Shadow Minister for Scotland and Parliamentary Private Secretary to The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke CH QC MP, at the Ministry of Justice and Cabinet Office. In July 2014, Ben Wallace was appointed as a government whip. He previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office from May 2015 until July 2016.
In 2008, he was awarded ‘Campaigner of the Year’ by The Spectator after leading calls for improved transparency and the reform of parliamentary expenses. He was elected the Conservative MP for Wyre and Preston North in May 2010. Ben Wallace was Minister of State for Security at the Home Office from 17 July 2016 to 24 July 2019.”
Outside politics he is a former ski-instructor, and likes rugby, skiing, motor sports and horse racing. He lives in Lancashire.