Foreign Secretary

United Kingdom government cabinet minister heading the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (known as the Foreign Secretary) is the Minister in charge of the United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In many countries this job is called Foreign minister.

Secretary of State
for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs
David Lammy

since 5 July 2024
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
StyleForeign Secretary
The Right Honourable
(UK and Commonwealth)
His Excellency
StatusGreat Office of State
Member ofCabinet
Privy Council
National Security Council (NSC)
Reports toThe Prime Minister
ResidenceNo. 1 Carlton Gardens
AppointerThe Crown
on advice of the Prime Minister
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
Formation27 March 1782
First holderCharles James Fox

Until the 1960s, the Foreign Secretary only handled relations with foreign countries and international organisations. There was a separate Commonwealth Secretary and a Colonial Secretary, but all three are now joined into one.

David Lammy has been Foreign Secretary since 5 July 2024.[2]

The Foreign Secretary's is one of the four Great Offices of State.


  1. "Public List" (PDF). Protocol and Liaison Service. United Nations. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  2. "David Lammy appointed as UK foreign secretary". Politico. Retrieved 2024-07-05.