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Grant Shapps Takes Over Ben Wallace As UK’s Defense Secretary

Grant Shapps Takes Over Ben Wallace As UK's Defense Secretary
Grant Shapps Takes Over Ben Wallace As UK’s Defense SecretaryGrant Shapps Takes Over Ben Wallace As UK’s Defense Secretary, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Newly-appointed British Defence Secretary Grant Shapps leaves No. 10 Downing Street on August 31, 2023 in London, England. No10 announced this morning that the former Energy Secretary Grant Shapps will replace Ben Wallace as UK defence secretary. Parliament returns from its summer recess next week. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images), ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Newly-appointed British Defence Secretary Grant Shapps leaves No. 10 Downing Street on August 31, 2023 in London, England. No10 announced this morning that the former Energy Secretary Grant Shapps will replace Ben Wallace as UK defence secretary. Parliament returns from its summer recess next week. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Grant Shapps has been appointed by the UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak to take over as UK’s defense secretary, after Ben Wallace resigned. 

Claire Coutinho replaces Grant Shapps who has held five past ministerial positions as energy secretary.

It is a major promotion for Ms Coutinho, who has only been an MP since 2019 and, at 38, will be the youngest minister to sit around the cabinet table.

In his first statement as defense secretary, Mr. Shapps said was “honored” to take on the role and pledged to “continue the UK’s support for Ukraine”.

“I am looking forward to working with the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who defend our nation’s security,” he added.

Last October, Grant spent six days as home secretary during the final chaotic week of Liz Truss, following the resignation of Suella Braverman from that role.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, Mr Shapps has taken an observable role in the UK’s support of the country.

Mr Shapps visited Ukraine last week, in his last role as energy secretary, to emphasize the UK government’s role in ensuring a supply of enriched uranium to the country’s nuclear power plants. 

Mr. Wallace, who served as defense secretary under three prime ministers, said he was stepping down “to invest in the parts of life that I have neglected, and to explore new opportunities”.

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