The Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, appointed Michael as Secretary of State for Defence in his latest cabinet reshuffle. Michael now has overall responsibility for the business of the Ministry of Defence, providing strategic direction on policy, operations, acquisition and personnel matters.
Regarding his appointment Mr Fallon said:
“To serve as Defence Secretary is an incredible responsibility and a great privilege. My job is to make sure our magnificent Armed Forces have the equipment and support they need to keep Britain safe.
I would like to reassure all my constituents that my role will have no effect on my constituency work, which I very much value. I’ll still be holding my advice surgeries in Sevenoaks and Swanley as normal, will still be carrying out the same number of engagements and will still, very much, have time for the all those who live in the Sevenoaks constituency.
Constituency work is a vital part of any minister’s job and it will indeed remain a key part of mine – absolutely.”