The former Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon MP has been Member of Parliament for Sevenoaks since 1997 and was MP for Darlington from 1983 to 1992. In his business career, he was director of a number of companies controlled by Dragons’ Den star, Duncan Bannatyne, and is currently chairman of property developer Avanton Ltd.
Sir Michael has served in the governments of four Prime Ministers. He was Schools Minister under Margaret Thatcher and John Major. He was Industry Minister at the Department for Business under David Cameron before becoming Minister of State at the Department for Energy in 2013. In 2014, he was promoted to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Defence; he was reappointed to this post after the May 2015 General Election, and again by Theresa May in July 2016 and after the June 2017 General Election.
In this role, Sir Michael had overall responsibility for our armed forces, the defence of the UK, and relations with allies around the world. He was a member of the National Security Council from 2014 until November 2017.
Sir Michael continues to take a strong interest in all his areas of former responsibility and now makes regular contributions to Government policy from the backbenches in Parliament.