The Defence Secretary has endorsed David Cameron as a future Secretary General of the Nato alliance, saying the ex-PM still has a ‘lot to contribute’.
Sir Michael Fallon revealed he speaks regularly to Mr Cameron about defence matters despite his decision to quit politics after losing the EU referendum.
Mr Cameron has been tipped as a possible successor to Jens Stoltenberg, Norway’s former prime minister.
David Cameron, pictured speaking in Ukraine on Thursday, has been tipped as a possible successor to Jens Stoltenberg, Norway’s former prime minister
Sir Michael said there was no vacancy for the influential post, which people serve in for at least four years.
Mr Stoltenberg took on the job in October 2014, meaning he is more than half way through his term. Secretaries General can and do serve multiple terms.
Asked if we would back Mr Cameron for the job, Sir Michael said: I’m sure he’d made a good one. I haven’t seen what his future career plans are.
‘But we’ve got a Secretary General at the moment and he’s not due to hand over for some years yet.’
He added: ‘He’s still a relatively young man. He’s still got a lot to contribute, and I have regular discussions with him, he still takes a very strong interest in defence and security.’
Sir Michael Fallon, pictured on the Andrew Marr show today, revealed he speaks regularly to Mr Cameron about defence matters despite his decision to quit politics after losing the EU referendum
As Prime Minister, Mr Cameron oversaw military campaigns in Libya and against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
While a short term success, the Libyan campaign has been broadly seen as a failure after the country disintegrated following the removal of Colonel Gaddafi.
Former Norway PM Jens Stoltenberg has been Secretary General of Nato since October 2014
The campaign against ISIS is ongoing after more than two years.
Becoming Secretary General would make Mr Cameron one of the very highest ranked officials in the alliance alongside the Supreme Allied Commander.
The UK has held the position three times, with Lord Ismay serving as the first secretary general from 1952 to 1957, then Lord Carrington from 1984 to 1988 and Lord Robertson from 1999 to 2003.
Selection for the job, which is always filled by a senior statesman from a European Nato member country, is through informal diplomatic consultations among allies.
Countries put forward candidates behind closed doors, and a decision is then taken by consensus.
Nato’s secretary general is responsible for steering joint decisions made by allies, represents the alliance on the world stage and heads the staff at its headquarters in Brussels.