Secretary of State for Transport

The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP

Biography

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

Education

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.

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

Previous roles in government

  1. Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury

    • 2010 to 2012

Announcements

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  1. Transport Secretary visits Wolverhampton

    • 2 March 2015
    • News story
  2. Transforming the north’s railway

    • 27 February 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  3. Transformation of rail travel in the north

    • 27 February 2015
    • News story
  4. Transport Secretary visits Midlands

    • 23 February 2015
    • News story
  5. Transport Secretary sees benefits of Cornwall transport investment

    • 19 February 2015
    • News story
  6. New East Anglia franchise competition begins

    • 19 February 2015
    • News story
  7. Leading the railway into the future

    • 18 February 2015
    • Speech
  8. Four ways to ensure the bus industry meets passengers’ needs

    • 12 February 2015
    • Speech
  9. Infrastructure Act will get Britain building

    • 12 February 2015
    • News story
  10. Full speed ahead for rail strategy

    • 11 February 2015
    • Speech