Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP


The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP was appointed Foreign Secretary on 15 July 2014. He was elected Conservative MP for Runnymede and Weybridge in 1997.


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


  1. European single market
  2. Peace and stability in the Middle East and North Africa
  3. British nationals overseas
  4. Cyber security
  5. Human rights internationally
  6. Afghanistan
  7. Conflict in fragile states
  8. Falkland Islanders' right to self-determination
  9. Iran's nuclear programme
  10. Stability in the Western Balkans


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  1. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond welcomes agreements between Serbia and Kosovo

    • Press release
  2. Foreign Secretary offers condolences following Quebec plane crash

    • Press release
  3. Foreign Secretary to reopen British Embassy in Tehran

    • Press release
  4. Foreign Secretary remarks at re-opening of British Embassy in Iran

    • Speech
  5. British hostage freed in Yemen

    • Press release
  6. Foreign Secretary congratulates Sri Lankan Prime Minister

    • News story
  7. Foreign Secretary statement on Bangkok attack

    • Press release
  8. Foreign Secretary comments on Japanese Prime Minister Abe's statement

    • Press release
  9. Foreign Secretary statement on Tianjin explosions and Shaanxi landslide

    • Press release
  10. Foreign Secretary appalled at apparent murder of Croatian hostage

    • Press release