The Prime Minister has announced the appointment of Philip Hammond, MP for Runnymede and Weybridge to be Secretary of State for Transport
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 portfolios in the Shadow Cabinet, including Health, Work and Pensions, Local Government and the Regions, and, most recently, Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
He is married with three children.