Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP

Biography

The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP was appointed Foreign Secretary on 15 July 2014. He is the Conservative MP for Runnymede and Weybridge.

Education

Philip was born in Epping, Essex in 1955 and attended school in Brentwood before studying politics, philosophy and economics at University College, Oxford.

Political career

He was previously Secretary of State for Transport from May 2010, when he was appointed as a Privy Counsellor. Prior to this, he held a number of shadow portfolios. He was elected to Parliament in 1997 and was appointed Secretary of State for Defence in 2011.

Career outside politics

Philip had 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.

Personal life

He is married with 3 children and lives in Send, Surrey.

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the work of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, with particular focus on policy strategy, honours, Whitehall liaison and cyber-security.

Previous roles in government

  1. Secretary of State for Defence

    • 2011 to 2014
  2. Secretary of State for Transport

    • 2010 to 2011

Announcements

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  1. UK Foreign Secretary and French Foreign Minister: Assad cannot be Syria’s future

    • 27 February 2015
    • Speech
  2. PM praises bravery and dedication of military honours recipients

    • 26 February 2015
    • News story
  3. UK and Brazil commit to closer working in 2015

    • 25 February 2015
    • Press release
  4. Foreign Secretary's Lunar New Year message

    • 19 February 2015
    • News story
  5. Foreign Secretary marks fourth anniversary of the Libyan Revolution

    • 17 February 2015
    • News story
  6. Foreign Secretary condemns murders of Coptic Christians

    • 15 February 2015
    • Press release
  7. Foreign Secretary condemns deluded Assad

    • 10 February 2015
    • Press release
  8. Foreign Secretary welcomes Mexican Foreign Minister to UK

    • 10 February 2015
    • Press release
  9. The Foreign Secretary's statement to House of Commons on the situation in Ukraine

    • 10 February 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  10. Foreign Secretary “concern” at decision to postpone Nigerian elections

    • 8 February 2015
    • Press release