The Rt. Hon. James Arbuthnot, MP, is Chairman of the UK House of Commons Defence Committee, a position he has held since 2005.
From 2001 to 2005 James Arbuthnot was Shadow Secretary of State for Trade, and also a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee. Previous to this, he served as Minister of State for Defence Procurement (1995-1997) and Opposition Chief Whip (1997 -2001), after serving as a Government Whip and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Social Security.
James Arbuthnot first entered the UK Parliament in 1987 as MP for Wanstead & Woodford and since 1997 has represented North East Hampshire.