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

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP

Patrick McLoughlin was appointed Secretary of State for Transport in September 2012. He is the Conservative MP for Derbyshire Dales.


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


under the responsibility of The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP as Secretary of State for Transport

  1. HS2: developing a new high speed rail network

    • 25 November 2013
  2. Managing the risk to transport networks from terrorism and other crimes

    • 3 October 2012


by Secretary of State for Transport

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  1. Councils urged to apply for £168 million pothole repair fund

    • 24 April 2014
    • News story
  2. Transport Secretary visited a major infrastructure investment project in Birmingham

    • 22 April 2014
    • Press release
  3. Better services for passengers on the Greater Anglia franchise

    • 16 April 2014
    • Press release
  4. Investing in rail, investing in Derby

    • 10 April 2014
    • Speech
  5. New help for property owners affected by HS2

    • 9 April 2014
    • Press release
  6. HS2 Phase One property

    • 9 April 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  7. Ambition and opportunity: Rail Industry Day 2014

    • 9 April 2014
    • Speech
  8. Patrick McLoughlin opens London Southend Airport terminal extension

    • 8 April 2014
    • News story
  9. Latest deployment of UK forces to Afghanistan announced

    • 3 April 2014
    • News story
  10. Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire Chambers of Commerce Annual Dinner

    • 2 April 2014
    • Speech

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