Sir Patrick McLoughlin was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 14 July 2016. He was elected the Conservative MP for Derbyshire Dales in 2010.
Patrick studied at Staffordshire College of Agriculture.
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.
Patrick served as Chief Whip in the coalition government from May 2010 until September 2012. He served as Secretary of State for Transport from September 2012 until July 2016.
Career outside politics
He worked for 5 years in agriculture, before becoming a coal miner at Littleton Colliery in Cannock.
Patrick is married with 2 children.