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(B2)After the appointment of John Hutton as Minister of Defense, in the United Kingdom, the Ministry of Defense announced the complete constitution of the ministry, and in particular that of the Baroness Taylor of Bolton.

A pro NATO at the post of Minister in charge of international defense relations

• the Baroness Taylor of
Bolton, who held the position of Minister for Defense Support and Equipment, is indeed moving to a new function, Minister for Defense and International Security, responsible for relations with NATO, the ESDP and other international issues. She will continue to deal with defense matters in the House of Lords. She is not particularly known for being a “softfoot”. She was particularly considered as one of the firmest supporters of intervention in Iraq. His first statement does not demonstrate a specific appetite for European Defense: “NATO is key to the United Kingdom's security and currently plays an essential operational role in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Its transformation and the development of European security and defense policy are of immense importance.” she declared (in the original it reads: “I am delighted to have been offered this new and exciting portfolio by the Prime Minister. NATO is key to the UK's security and is currently playing an essential operational role in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Its transformation and the development of European Security & Defense Policy are of immense importance). Born on July 2, 1947 in Lancashire, she was elected in the Bolton West constituency. She was private secretary to Fred Mulley – who was Secretary of State for Education and Science (1975-76) and then Defense (1976-77). She was also “shadow” Secretary of State for Education. She was also president of the security and intelligence committee, responsible for monitoring the operation of the Mi5 and Mi6 services. (cv sheet of the House of Lords)

Quentin Davies (MP) becomes the new Minister for Defense Support and Equipment.

Kevin Jones (MP) is the Under Secretary of State for Veterans Affairs.

Bob ainsworth remains minister in charge of the armed forces.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).