Grant Shapps

Grant Shapps (born 14 September 1968) is a British politician who has served as Secretary of State for Transport since 2019. Shapps also has Cabinet responsibility for the Northern Powerhouse.[1] A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Welwyn Hatfield since 2005.[2]

Grant Shapps
Official portrait, 2020
Secretary of State for Transport
Assumed office
24 July 2019
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byChris Grayling
Minister of State for International Development
In office
11 May 2015  28 November 2015
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byDesmond Swayne
Succeeded byNick Hurd
Chairman of the Conservative Party
In office
4 September 2012  11 May 2015
LeaderDavid Cameron
Preceded byThe Baroness Warsi
Succeeded byThe Lord Feldman of Elstree
Minister without portfolio
In office
4 September 2012  11 May 2015
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byThe Baroness Warsi
Succeeded byRobert Halfon
Minister of State for Housing and Local Government
In office
13 May 2010  4 September 2012
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byJohn Healey
(Housing)
Rosie Winterton
(Local Government)
Succeeded byMark Prisk
Member of Parliament
for Welwyn Hatfield
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded byMelanie Johnson
Majority10,955 (21.0%)
Personal details
Born (1968-09-14) 14 September 1968 (age 53)
Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
Belinda Goldstone
(m. 1997)
Children3
Alma materManchester Metropolitan University

Following the 2010 general election, he was appointed Minister of State for Housing and Local Government and was sworn of the Privy Council.[3] He served in Prime Minister David Cameron’s Cabinet as Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2012 to 2015, also holding the title of Minister without Portfolio in the Cabinet Office. His salary was paid by the party.[4][5][6]

In May 2015, he was demoted from the Cabinet and his post as party chairman, becoming Minister of State for International Development.[7] On 28 November 2015, he stood down from his ministerial position due to allegations of bullying within the Conservative Party.[8] After supporting Boris Johnson’s 2019 Conservative leadership bid, Prime Minister Johnson appointed Shapps as Transport Secretary.