Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Transport


The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the policies of the Department for Transport. Responsibilities include:

  • transport strategy, including economic growth and climate change
  • spending review
  • transport security
  • high speed rail (HS2)

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP

Patrick McLoughlin was appointed Secretary of State for Transport in September 2012 and again in May 2015. He was elected the Conservative MP for Derbyshire Dales in 2010.


Patrick studied at Staffordshire College of Agriculture.

Political career

Before becoming an MP in 1986, Patrick sat on Staffordshire County Council from 1981 to 1987 and Cannock Chase District Council between 1980 and 1987.

He has held a number of positions in government, including Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Trade and Industry and Government Whip. In opposition, he served as Chief Whip from 2005 to 2010. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 2005.

He was appointed Chief Whip in the Coalition government in 2010.

Career outside politics

He worked for 5 years in agriculture, before becoming a coal miner at Littleton Colliery in Cannock.

Personal life

Patrick is married with 2 children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP

    • 2011 to 2012
  2. The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP

    • 2010 to 2011


  1. Transport security
  2. Transport emissions
  3. HS2: high speed rail


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