The Rt Hon Philip Hammond was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer on 13 July 2016. 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.
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 Secretary of State for Defence from 2011 until July 2014. Philip served as Foreign Secretary from July 2014 until July 2016.
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.
He is married with 3 children and lives in Send, Surrey.
Chancellor of the Exchequer
The Chancellor of the Exchequer is the government’s chief financial minister and as such is responsible for raising revenue through taxation or borrowing and for controlling public spending. He has overall responsibility for the work of the Treasury.
The Chancellor’s responsibilities cover:
- fiscal policy (including the presenting of the annual Budget)
- monetary policy, setting inflation targets
- ministerial arrangements (in his role as Second Lord of the Treasury)
Previous roles in government
- 2014 to 2016
- 2011 to 2014
- 2010 to 2011
- £19 million package to mark armistice centenary
- Package of measures unveiled to boost apprenticeships
- Iran Nuclear Deal: joint statement by UK, France and Germany
- International trade budget boost for global Britain
- Financing growth in innovative firms
- Budget 2018: Philip Hammond's speech
- Budget 2018: documents
- Remit and recommendations for the Financial Policy Committee: Budget 2018
- Budget 2018: 24 things you need to know
- Government response to the National Infrastructure Assessment and commissioning a new study on resilience