Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP


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.


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


  1. British nationals overseas
  2. Weapons proliferation
  3. UK Overseas Territories
  4. The Commonwealth
  5. Stability in the Western Balkans
  6. Peace and stability in the Middle East and North Africa
  7. Iran's nuclear programme
  8. Human rights internationally
  9. Falkland Islanders' right to self-determination
  10. European single market


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  1. Foreign Secretary welcomes Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling

    • Press release
  2. Foreign Secretary statement on Syria

    • Press release
  3. Six Monthly Report to Parliament on Hong Kong: July-December 2015

    • News story
  4. Foreign Secretary meets Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin

    • Press release
  5. Foreign Secretary statement on meeting the leader of the Syrian Higher Negotiations Committee

    • Press release
  6. Foreign Secretary’s Lunar New Year message

    • News story
  7. Foreign Secretary condemns North Korea’s missile launch

    • News story
  8. Global uncertainty underlines the case for our economic reform

    • Speech
  9. Foreign Secretary marks Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

    • Press release
  10. Foreign Secretary comments on Israeli Government’s decision to declare 385 acres of land in the West Bank as 'state land'

    • Press release