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Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP

Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP appointed Chairman of the CWGC

15 July 2014

Following the announcement of today's Cabinet reshuffle (15 July 2014), the new Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, also becomes the Chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). An MP since 1983, Mr Fallon has held several ministerial posts including, Minister for Business and Enterprise and Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change.

He takes over the post of CWGC Chairman immediately from the former Defence Secretary, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, with responsibility for the Board of Commissioners that represents the six funding Member Governments of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India.

Commenting on Mr Fallon's appointment, Brian Davidson MBE, the CWGC Director-General, said: 

"On behalf of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, I would like to welcome the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP as the new Chairman of the Commission.  We look forward to working closely with him at this very busy time and as we move forward into the key centenary period.

The Commission would also like to take the opportunity to thank the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP for his invaluable contribution to the Commission's work over the last three years".