The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Educated at an Essex state school and Oxford University, the Chancellor came to politics from a wide-ranging background of hands-on business experience in small and medium-sized companies in manufacturing, property, construction and oil and gas, both in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.
He was first elected as a Conservative MP in 1997. Since then he has served in various shadow cabinet roles and as Secretary of State for Transport (2010-2011), Secretary of State for Defence (2011-2014), Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs (2014-2016) and Chancellor of the Exchequer (July 2016 to the present).