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Former Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie becomes Minister of State for Defence

Former Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie becomes Minister of State for Defence

Baroness Annabel - Image credit: House of Lords

Former Conservative leader Baroness Annabel Goldie has been appointed to Boris Johnson’s government as Minister of State for Defence.

Goldie will now work with newly appointed Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.

Her responsibilities will cover efficiency, EU relations, including Brexit, and various ceremonial duties.

Goldie was first elected in the Scottish Parliament elections in 1999, representing the West of Scotland region and holding onto the seat for 17 years.

She led the Scottish Conservatives from 2005 to 2011.

Since 2013 Goldie has been a life peer in the House of Lords and she was made a baroness-in-waiting in the Royal Household in 2016.

The announcement was welcomed by the Scottish Conservative Women group, who tweeted: From everyone at Scottish Conservative Women, congratulations Baroness Goldie!

“Fantastic to see a top notch @scottorywomen appointed Minister of State in government formation.”

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