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|Minister of State for Europe and the Americas|
|Foreign and Commonwealth Office|
|Reports to||Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs|
|Nominator||Secretary of State|
|Appointer||The Prime Minister|
approved and sworn in by the Queen-in-Council
|Term length||No fixed term|
|First holder||Douglas Hurd|
The Minister of State for Europe (colloquially also known as the Minister for Europe or Europe Minister) is an informal title for a ministerial position within the Government of the United Kingdom, in charge of affairs with Europe, the European Union and NATO.
The office is generally, formally one of a number of Ministers of State within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Despite being a junior ministerial role, the position has sometimes conferred the right to attend meetings of the Cabinet, which is occasionally granted to other such Ministers at the Prime Minister's discretion. This first occurred when Denis MacShane was replaced by Douglas Alexander after the 2005 general election, although Alexander's successor ceased to have this right. The Minister of State is also responsible for the British Overseas Territories of Gibraltar and Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus.
As of July 2016, the responsibilities of the Minister for Europe were combined with the portfolio of the traditionally more junior Minister of State for Europe and the Americas.
The now enlarged post of Minister of State for Europe and the Americas is held by Sir Alan Duncan, who is largely regarded as the second most senior-ranking Foreign Office Minister behind the Foreign Secretary. The Minister is responsible for government policy towards The Americas (including Cuba); Europe; NATO and European security; defence and international security; the Falkland Islands; polar regions; migration; protocol; human resources; OSCE and Council of Europe; relations with Parliament; FCO finance; knowledge and technology
The post is not to be confused with the Minister of State within the Department for Exiting the European Union, the department created by Prime Minister Theresa May following the UK's vote to leave the EU in 2016. They support the work of the department overseeing the UK's exit from the EU rather than overseeing government policy towards all-European affairs.
|Name||Portrait||Term of office||Political party||P.M.||F.Sec.|
|Douglas Hurd||4 May 1979||9 June 1983||Conservative||Thatcher||Carrington|
|Malcolm Rifkind||9 June 1983||11 January 1986||Conservative||Howe|
|Lynda Chalker||11 January 1986||24 July 1989||Conservative|
|Francis Maude||25 July 1989||28 November 1990||Conservative||Major|
|Tristan Garel-Jones||28 November 1990||27 May 1993||Conservative||Major|
|David Heathcoat-Amory||27 May 1993||20 July 1994||Conservative|
|David Davis||20 July 1994||May 1997||Conservative|
|Doug Henderson||5 May 1997||28 July 1998||Labour||Blair||Cook|
|Joyce Quin||28 July 1998||28 July 1999||Labour|
|Geoff Hoon||28 July 1999||11 October 1999||Labour|
|Keith Vaz||11 October 1999||11 June 2001||Labour|
|Peter Hain||11 June 2001||24 October 2002||Labour||Straw|
|Denis MacShane||28 October 2002||11 May 2005||Labour|
|Douglas Alexander||11 May 2005||8 May 2006||Labour|
|Geoff Hoon||8 May 2006||27 June 2007||Labour||Beckett|
|Jim Murphy||28 June 2007||3 October 2008||Labour||Brown||Miliband|
|Caroline Flint||3 October 2008||5 June 2009||Labour|
|Glenys Kinnock||5 June 2009||13 October 2009||Labour|
Undersecretary of State for Europe and Asia
|13 October 2009||12 May 2010||Labour|
|David Lidington||12 May 2010||14 July 2016||Conservative||Cameron||Hague|
Minister of State for Europe and the Americas
|15 July 2016||Incumbent||Conservative||May||Johnson|
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