Michael Fallon MP is the Secretary of State for Defence. He was previously a Minister of State at the Department of Business. He served as an education minister in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major. He has been the Member of Parliament for Sevenoaks since 1997, and was the MP for Darlington from 1983-1992. Michael has extensive business experience: has been a director of a company backed by Alchemy Partners, and a non-executive director of Tullett Prebon Plc. Michael has written and broadcast extensively on the public finances, the banking crisis and public sector reform. In 2008 he was voted Parliamentarian of the Year by conservativehome.com.