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Henry Bellingham MP

Henry Bellingham

Henry Bellingham MP was appointed  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State  at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 14 May 2010.

Henry Bellingham first entered Parliament in 1983 and is Member of Parliament for North West Norfolk.

Born in March 1955, he studied Law at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Having graduated in 1977 he was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) where he served as a barrister for 8 years.

Prior to being re-elected in 2001, he ran his own consultancy practice specialising in advising firms on inward investment. He is married with one son.

Positions held

  • Member of Parliament for Norfolk North West, 1983 - 1997
  • Parliamentary Private Secretary to Malcolm Rifkind as Secretary of State for Transport and for Defence and as Foreign Secretary, 1991-97
  • Member of Parliament for North West Norfolk, 2001 - present
  • Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry, 2002 - 2003
  • Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs, 2003 - 2005
  • Opposition Whip, 2005 - 2006
  • Shadow Minister for Constitutional Affairs/Justice, 2006-10
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State , Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2010 - present


  • Africa
  • Overseas Territories (not Argentina/Falklands or Gibraltar)
  • Conflict Issues
  • Counter-Piracy
  • UN and the International Criminal Court
  • Climate Change
  • Protocol
  • FCO’s relations with British Business, in support of Lord Green
  • Ministerial Oversight for FCO Services
  • Human Resources and Diversity

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