Bellingham's ministerial briefs cover Africa, Overseas Territories, conflict issues, counter-piracy, UN and the International Criminal Court, climate change, protocol, FCO’s relations with British business, in support of Lord Green, ministerial oversight for FCO Services and human resources and diversity.
Education and early career
Bellingham studied Law at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Having graduated in 1977 he was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) where he served as a barrister for 8 years.
In 1983 Bellingham was elected as MP for Norfolk North West. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Malcolm Rifkind as Secretary of State for Transport and for Defence and as Foreign Secretary (1991-97).
Prior to being re-elected as an MP in 2001, he ran his own consultancy practice specialising in advising firms on inward investment.
In opposition Bellingham served as Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry (2002 - 2003), Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs (2003 - 2005), Opposition Whip (2005 - 2006), Shadow Minister for Constitutional Affairs/Justice (2006 - 10).
According to the MP's Register of Financial Interests:
- Name of donor: Sir Michael Bishop
- Address of donor: private
- Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £25,000 for help with my responsibilities as Shadow Minister for Justice.
- Date of receipt: 10 March 2010
- Date of acceptance: 10 March 2010 Donor status: individual (Registered 12 April 2010) 
- British Virgin Islands All-Party Parliamentary Group
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Communications
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fibromyalgia
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Economic Development in Iraq and the Region
- Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group
- All-Party Parliamentary Youth Hostelling Group