The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, also known as the Foreign Secretary, is a member of the Cabinet and is in charge of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The FCO is the Government department responsible for conducting British foreign policy, handling diplomatic relations with all independent foreign and Commonwealth countries and administering the UK's Dependent Territories.
The Foreign Secretary is supported in his duties by a team of six ministers, the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Jeremy Browne MP, Alistair Burt MP, Henry Bellingham MP, the Rt Hon Lord Howell of Guildford and Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint.
William Hague was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on 12 May 2010. Find out more about his role and responsibilities.
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