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Philip Hammond

MP
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Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
13 July 2016 – 24 July 2019
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by George Osborne
Succeeded by Sajid Javid
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
15 July 2014 – 13 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by William Hague
Succeeded by Boris Johnson
Secretary of State for Defence
In office
14 October 2011 – 15 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Liam Fox
Succeeded by Michael Fallon
Secretary of State for Transport
In office
11 May 2010 – 14 October 2011
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by The Lord Adonis
Succeeded by Justine Greening
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
2 July 2007 – 11 May 2010
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Theresa Villiers
Succeeded by Liam Byrne
In office
6 May 2005 – 6 December 2005
Leader Michael Howard
Preceded by George Osborne
Succeeded by Theresa Villiers
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
In office
6 December 2005 – 2 July 2007
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Malcolm Rifkind
Succeeded by Chris Grayling
Member of Parliament
for Runnymede and Weybridge
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by Constituency established
Majority 18,050 (35%)
Personal details
Born
Philip Anthony Hammond

4 December 1955 (1955-12-04) (age 63)
Epping, Essex, England
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s)
Susan Williams-Walker (m. 1991)
Children 3
Residence 11 Downing Street (official)
Send, Surrey, England
Alma mater University College, Oxford
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Philip Anthony Hammond (born 4 December 1955) is a British Conservative politician who was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2016 to 2019 under Prime Minister Theresa May. He has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Runnymede and Weybridge since 1997.

Hammond was born in Epping, Essex, and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University College, Oxford. He worked from 1984 as a company director at Castlemead Ltd – a healthcare and nursing company. From 1995 to 1997 he acted as an adviser to the government of Malawi before his election to Parliament. He was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet by Michael Howard in 2005 as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Following David Cameron’s election, Hammond was promoted to Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions; however, Cameron returned Hammond to his previous position as Shadow Chief Secretary in a 2007 Shadow Cabinet reshuffle.

After the formation of the Coalition Government in May 2010, he was appointed Secretary of State for Transport and was sworn of the Privy Council. Upon the resignation of Liam Fox over a scandal in October 2011, Hammond was promoted to replace him as Secretary of State for Defence, before being further promoted in July 2014 to become Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

In July 2016, after Theresa May succeeded Cameron as Prime Minister, Hammond was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer. As Chancellor, Hammond has suggested that the government may begin a reduction in austerity measures. In July 2019, he spoke in an interview of his plans to tender his resignation to Theresa May should Boris Johnson be announced as the new Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. He said should he be part of the Johnson Cabinet he would be required to support a no-deal Brexit.

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