Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP

Biography

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.

Education

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

Policies

  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

Announcements

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  1. Foreign Secretary welcomes BiH adoption of Reform Agenda

    • 29 July 2015
    • Press release
  2. Written Ministerial Statement on the Hong Kong six-monthly report

    • 21 July 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  3. Foreign Secretary statement on the one year anniversary of MH17

    • 17 July 2015
    • Press release
  4. Foreign Secretary sends his best wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid across the world

    • 16 July 2015
    • Press release
  5. Written Ministerial Statement on diplomatic missions and international organisations in the UK with unpaid congestion charge bills and fines: 2014

    • 16 July 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  6. Written Ministerial Statement on diplomatic missions and international organisations in the UK with unpaid parking fines over £1,000: 2014

    • 16 July 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  7. Written Ministerial Statement on diplomatic missions and international organisations with an outstanding national non-domestic rates bill over £10,000

    • 16 July 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  8. Written Ministerial Statement on alleged serious and significant offences (diplomatic immunity)

    • 16 July 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  9. Foreign Secretary welcomes nuclear deal with Iran

    • 14 July 2015
    • Press release
  10. Foreign Secretary welcomes Libya agreement

    • 13 July 2015
    • Press release