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Lord West - Under-Secretary of State

Lord West is a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Security and Counter-terrorism.

Lord Alan West

Biography

Lord West, GCB, DSC, has had a distinguished naval and governmental career stretching back decades.

Awarded the distinguished service cross for his work commanding the frigate HMS Ardent in the Falkland Islands conflict, he later held several naval appointments and played prominent roles in the re-organisation of the Ministry of Defence.

Promoted to rear admiral in 1994, he rose to commander of the United Kingdom Task Group in 1996. In 1997 he was promoted to vice admiral and chief of defence intelligence.

He was promoted to full admiral in 2000 when he took up position as fleet commander-in-chief. In this role, he was responsible for organising the fleet response on 11 September 2001, which involved major maritime deployments in the northern Indian Ocean and moving the Royal Marines into Afghanistan.

He was appointed First Sealord and Chief of the Naval Staff in September 2002, he was also the first and principal naval aide-de-camp to her majesty the Queen.

He was made a knight grand cross, Order of the Bath, in 2004, and served as first sea lord until 2006, when he became chancellor of Southampton Solent University. He was appointed Home Office Minister in June 2007.