Government Minister- Philip Hammond MP

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

Responsibilities cover the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with particular focus on Policy Strategy, Honours, Whitehall Liaison and Cyber-Security.

Born in Epping, Essex in 1955, attended school at Brentwood before studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at University College, Oxford.

Elected Conservative MP for Runnymede and Weybridge in 1997, appointed Foreign Secretary 15 July 2014.

Previously Secretary of State for Transport from May 2010 when appointed as Lord Privy Counsellor and was appointed Secretary of State for Defence in 2011.

Before politics he had a career in various small and medium sized businesses in manufacturing, consultancy, property and construction and oil and gas.