Joyce Anelay, Baroness Anelay of St. Johns, will be the Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister with responsibility for most overseas territories, including the Cayman Islands, the Governor’s Office confirmed on Tuesday.
In Monday’s Cayman Compass, we reported erroneously that Sir Alan Duncan will be responsible for all the overseas territories. Mr. Duncan will be the minister in charge of the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and military outposts in sovereign base areas, while Ms. Anelay will be in charge of the remaining overseas territories.
Ms. Anelay’s responsibilities under the newly formed government of Prime Minister Theresa May include all FCO business in the House of Lords, overseeing the Caribbean, human rights, climate change, international energy security policy, and working with the United Nations on international organizations, peacekeeping and the International Criminal Court.
Premier Alden McLaughlin, said in a press release, “I congratulate Baroness Anelay on her appointment and look forward to working with her to address areas of common interest and continue to improve the United Kingdom’s understanding of our aspirations and priorities.”
Ms. Anelay replaces James Duddridge. She was appointed as a Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in August 2014, and takes over her new responsibilities this month.
A member of the Conservatives in the House of Lords, Ms. Anelay taught history from 1969 to 1974, and served as a magistrate between 1985 and 1997. She was raised to peerage in 1996.
In her political career, Ms. Anelay was appointed opposition chief whip in 2007, and as the prime minister’s special representative on preventing sexual violence in conflict in June 2015. She became a Privy Counsellor in 2009 and also served as chief whip in the House of Lords.