Following Ben Wallace’s resignation, Grant Shapps was appointed as the next defense minister of the UK.

In place of the long-serving Ben Wallace, Grant Shapps was selected as the new defense secretary of the UK on Thursday.

Shapps, 54, who is presently the energy safety and net zero secretary, was appointed, according to a statement released by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office after he was spotted leaving for 10 Downing Street.

The prime minister’s office said Thursday that Ben Wallace, Britain’s defense secretary, has resigned. Wallace had already stated that he would leave his position in the upcoming cabinet change.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak lauded Wallace’s “dedication and skill” in a letter to the 53-year-old, who played a key role in the Western allies’ support of Ukraine against Russia.

Sunak wrote: “You have served our country with distinction,” and he also claimed to have known “what Vladimir Putin’s real goals in Ukraine were” “before others did,” he added.

Your commitment to obtaining weapons for Kiev before the Russians attacked had a significant impact on the Ukrainians’ capacity to repel the invasion.

The UK had chosen Wallace, a veteran army officer, to replace Jens Stoltenberg as NATO secretary general.

However, he was unable to get essential US support to succeed him, and Stoltenberg has since prolonged his tenure as alliance leader.

When he announced his resignation in July, he clarified that it was not because he believed the incumbent Conservatives, who are currently trailing the main opposition Labour party in the polls, would lose the subsequent election but rather because his constituency in northwest England was being eliminated as a result of boundary changes.

Since Winston Churchill, Wallace has served as defense secretary for the Conservative Party for the entire 18 years he has been a member of the UK parliament.

He was the only senior minister who stuck around during the tumultuous change from his political friend Boris Johnson to the transitory Liz Truss and later Sunak.

Before taking on the role of defense secretary in 2019, he served as Theresa May’s minister of security.

Although he was frequently predicted to become party leader and had considerable support from the grassroots Tories, he never made a formal bid for the position.

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