MP & Chancellor of the Exchequer
The Rt Hon Philip Hammond, MP for Runnymede and Weybridge was Secretary of State for Transport from May 2010 to October 2011. He has served in David Cameron’s cabinet as Secretary of State for Defence since October 2011, and continues to do so.
Mr Hammond was raised in Essex, attending school in Brentwood before going on to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at University College, Oxford. Prior to his election to the House in 1997, he followed a business career in small and medium-sized companies in manufacturing, consultancy, property and construction and oil and gas, both in the UK and abroad.
In recent years, Mr Hammond has held a number of shadow portfolios, most recently as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
He is married with three children.