First elected as MP for Sevenoaks in 1997, Michael Fallon was appointed Secretary of State for Defence in July 2014 and reappointed to the same position by Theresa May in July 2016. He has previously served as Minister of State for Business from September 2012 as well as Minister of State for Energy from March 2013, following a period as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party from September 2010.
Michael is married with two sons and lives in Sundridge, Kent, in the heart of his constituency. Graduating from St Andrews University (MA Honours), he began his political career as MP for Darlington from 1983 to 1992.
He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Cecil Parkinson, Secretary of State for Energy from 1987 to 1988, before becoming a Government Whip. In 1990 he joined Margaret Thatcher's Government as the Schools Minister and continued to serve under John Major. Between 1992 and 1997 he developed his business career as a director of three companies founded by Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne. Returning to Parliament in 1997, he served as a shadow Treasury Minister under William Hague before joining the Treasury Select Committee, serving as deputy chairman from 2001 until 2010.