James Cleverly

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James Cleverly

James Cleverly Official Cabinet Portrait (cropped 3x4).jpg
Official portrait, 2022
Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs
Assumed office
6 September 2022
Prime MinisterLiz Truss
Rishi Sunak
Preceded byLiz Truss
Secretary of State for Education
In office
7 July 2022 – 6 September 2022
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byMichelle Donelan
Succeeded byKit Malthouse
Minister of State for Europe and North America
In office
8 February 2022 – 7 July 2022
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byChris Heaton-Harris
Succeeded byGraham Stuart[a]
Minister of State for Middle East, North Africa and North America[b]
In office
13 February 2020 – 8 February 2022
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byAndrew Murrison
Succeeded byAmanda Milling[c]
Chairman of the Conservative Party
In office
24 July 2019 – 13 February 2020
Serving with Ben Elliot
LeaderBoris Johnson
Preceded byBrandon Lewis
Succeeded byAmanda Milling
Minister without Portfolio
In office
24 July 2019 – 13 February 2020
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byBrandon Lewis
Succeeded byAmanda Milling
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
In office
4 April 2019 – 24 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byChris Heaton-Harris
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party
In office
8 January 2018 – 4 April 2019
LeaderTheresa May
Preceded byAmanda Sater
Succeeded byHelen Whately
Member of Parliament
for Braintree
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byBrooks Newmark
Majority24,673 (48.9%)
Leader of the Conservative Party
in the London Assembly
In office
2011–2012
Preceded byRoger Evans
Succeeded byAndrew Boff
Member of the London Assembly
for Bexley and Bromley
In office
4 May 2008 – 5 May 2016
Preceded byBob Neill
Succeeded byGareth Bacon
Personal details
Born
James Spencer Cleverly

(1969-09-04) 4 September 1969 (age 53)
Lewisham, London, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
Susannah Sparks (m. 2000)
Children2
Alma materThames Valley University
Websitecleverly4braintree.com
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceBritish Army (Army Reserve)
Years of service1989–present
RankBritish Army OF-4.svg Lieutenant colonel
UnitRoyal Artillery

James Spencer Cleverly TD, VR, MP (born 4 September 1969) is a British Conservative politician. He has been the Foreign Secretary since 2022. In July 2019, he became Minister without Portfolio and Chairman of the Conservative Party for the Boris Johnson ministry. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Braintree[1] since 2015. Cleverly was the Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2018 to 2019.[2] In 2022, he served as the Secretary of State for Education.

On 29 May 2019, Cleverly launched his campaign to become the Leader of the Conservative Party in the 2019 election.[3] On 4 June, he withdrew from the race.[4]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. As Minister of State for Europe. Rehman Chishti assumed responsibility for North America.
  2. Jointly with the Department for International Development until September 2020; Middle East and North Africa until December 2021.
  3. As Minister of State for Asia and the Middle East. The Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon assumed responsibility for North Africa.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Braintree parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  2. "Party Structure and Organisation". Conservatives.com. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  3. "Tory leadership contest: James Cleverly joins contenders". BBC News. 29 May 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  4. Allegretti, Aubrey. "James Cleverly pulls out of Tory leadership race". Sky News. Retrieved 4 June 2019.