Secretary of State for Transport

The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

Biography

The Rt Hon Grant Shapps was appointed Secretary of State for Transport on 24 July 2019. He was Minister of State at Department for International Development from 11 May 2015 until 28 November 2015. He was elected the Conservative MP for Welwyn Hatfield in 2005.

Political career

Grant was appointed Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party in 2005, before being made Shadow Housing Minister in June 2007. Following the 2010 election, he served as Minister of State for Housing and Local Government in the Department for Communities and Local Government. Grant was appointed to the Privy Council in June 2010. In September 2012 he was appointed as co-chairman to the Conservative Party. At the same time he held the position of Minister without Portfolio at the Cabinet Office.

Career outside politics

In 1990, Grant founded PrintHouse Corporation, a design, print, website creation and marketing business in London.

Education

Grant studied at Cassio College, Watford before graduating from Manchester Polytechnic with a business and finance diploma.

Personal life

Grant is married with 3 children.

Secretary of State for Transport

The Secretary of State has responsibility for:

  • oversight of all areas
  • Northern Powerhouse

More about this role

Department for Transport

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Asia and the Pacific)
  2. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
  3. Minister without Portfolio
  4. Minister of State for Housing

Announcements

  1. Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport
  2. Transport Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 4 June 2020
  3. Public health border measures to come into force next week
  4. Transport Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 23 May 2020
  5. Transport Secretary announces new measures to “keep passengers safe now and level up for the future”
  6. Transport for London extraordinary funding and financing
  7. Government invests £35 million to protect critical freight routes
  8. Government grants Transport for London funding package
  9. Transport Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 14 May 2020
  10. Multi-billion pound road and railway investment to put nation on path to recovery