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The Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, visits GCHQ

Last Updated: 31 Jul 2014
GCHQ welcomes the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP on his first visit to GCHQ Cheltenham since being appointed Foreign Secretary.

News item - 31 Jul 2014

It was with great pleasure that GCHQ welcomed the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP on his first visit to GCHQ’s Cheltenham headquarters since he was appointed Foreign Secretary on 15 July 2014.

Hosted by Sir Iain Lobban, Director GCHQ, the Foreign Secretary received a number of briefings on the agency’s intelligence and security work and took the time to deliver an address to staff.

Commenting on his visit the Foreign Secretary said:

'The men and women of GCHQ work tirelessly to protect the British people from those who wish us harm. They are among the very best in the world at what they do.

'They focus on countering the most serious threats we and our allies face, from disrupting online child abusers to preventing terrorist attacks by extremist groups. They save countless British and other lives every year and protect many more from abuse, blackmail and fraud. In this unstable and interconnected world, their work is just as important now as it was in the darkest moments of the 20th Century.

'I am immensely proud of the work they carry out and they have my full support.'

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Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Director GCHQ Sir Iain Lobban