Rt Hon James Cleverly MP
Secretary of State for FCDO

James Cleverly was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs on 6 September 2022. James was previously Secretary of State for Education from July 2022 to September 2022.

Before that, James was Minister of State for Europe and North America in the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) from February to July 2022. He was also Minister for the Middle East, North Africa and North America from September 2020 to February 2022. James was first appointed as a joint Minister of State for Middle East and North Africa in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development on 13 February 2020.

James was Minister without Portfolio from July 2019 to February 2020, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union from April 2019 to July 2019. He was first elected as the Conservative MP for Braintree in May 2015.

Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office

We pursue our national interests and project the UK as a force for good in the world. We promote the interests of British citizens, safeguard the UK’s security, defend our values, reduce poverty and tackle global challenges with our international partners. FCDO is a ministerial department, supported by 12 agencies and public bodies.

AI Safety Summit 2023

“Bletchley Park’s historic significance and its legacy of innovation makes it the perfect venue to host the first global Summit to address the challenge and opportunity of artificial intelligence.

From chairing the first-ever UN Security Council session on AI to working with our allies to harness AI for international development, the UK is leading the global development of this transformational technology.”




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