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


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  1. Foreign Secretary statement on the death of Geoffrey Howe

    • Government response
  2. Foreign Secretary welcomes final political settlement for Libya

    • Press release
  3. Foreign Secretary condemns violence in Israel and OPTs

    • Press release
  4. "The world is a better place because of the foundation of the United Nations by our predecessors 70 years ago."

    • Speech
  5. "The Assad regime created the environment in which extremism and ISIL in particular flourished."

    • Speech
  6. Intervention at the UN General Assembly 29 September 2015

    • Speech
  7. Foreign Secretary saddened by enormous loss of life in Mecca

    • Press release
  8. Foreign Secretary’s message for Eid al-Adha

    • Press release
  9. Foreign Secretary statement on the Libya political dialogue

    • Press release
  10. Foreign Secretary travels to Brussels for EU reform talks

    • Press release