New DFT Ministers: Philip Hammond

Posted on: Wednesday, 12 May 2010 by Mike Webb in categories Media and campaigns, Westminster

Now that the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have had time to get past a long election time as rivals, and embrace a bold, new era of coalition; David Cameron and Nick Clegg have set about staffing the supporting cast for a play designed to last five economically-tough years.

FTA has prepared a series of short introduction to each of the new transport decision-making team. First up is new Transport Secretary Philip Hammond, MP for Runymede and Weybridge.

The man at the head of the new team is the erudite, well-respected new Transport Secretary Philip Hammond. He is a new man to the transport brief, having served as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury (in essence George Osborne’s number two) prior to the election. Many politicians are accused of having never run a real company before taking a job in Government, but this is certainly not a charge that can be laid at Mr Hammond’s door. From the age of 22 up until his election to Parliament in 1997 Mr Hammond ran a successful string of companies involved with manufacturing and distributing medical supplies, and this experience will doubtless give him a useful personal window into life in the logistics sector.

Tomorrow, FTA focusses on new Minister of State Theresa Villiers.

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