Grant Shapps

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Grant Shapps

Official portrait, 2022
Secretary of State for Defence
Assumed office
31 August 2023
Prime MinisterRishi Sunak
Preceded byBen Wallace
Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero
In office
7 February 2023 – 31 August 2023
Prime MinisterRishi Sunak
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byClaire Coutinho
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
In office
25 October 2022 – 7 February 2023
Prime MinisterRishi Sunak
Preceded byJacob Rees-Mogg
Succeeded byKemi Badenoch[a]
Home Secretary
In office
19 October 2022 – 25 October 2022
Prime MinisterLiz Truss
Preceded bySuella Braverman
Succeeded bySuella Braverman
Secretary of State for Transport
In office
24 July 2019 – 6 September 2022
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byChris Grayling
Succeeded byAnne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State for International Development
In office
11 May 2015 – 28 November 2015
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
LeaderDavid Cameron
Preceded byDesmond Swayne
Succeeded byNick Hurd
Chairman of the Conservative Party
In office
4 September 2012 – 11 May 2015
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
Rosie Winterton
Succeeded byMark Prisk
Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning
In office
20 December 2007 – 6 May 2010
LeaderDavid Cameron
Preceded byMichael Gove
Succeeded byJohn Healey
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 55)
Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, England
Political partyConservative
Belinda Goldstone (m. 1997)
Alma materManchester Metropolitan University

Grant Shapps (born 14 September 1968) is a British politician for the Conservative Party who has been the Secretary of State for Defence since 31 August 2023. He was the Home Secretary from 19 October 2022 to 25 October 2022. He has also been a Member of Parliament (MP) for Welwyn Hatfield since 2005.[1][2]

In July 2022, Shapps unsuccessfully ran to be Leader of the Conservative Party in the leadership race to replace Boris Johnson.[3][4]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. As Secretary of State for Business and Trade.

References[change | change source]

  1. Boffey, Daniel. "Grant Shapps faces questions after 'registering private plane in the US' instead of the UK". The Independent. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  2. Read, Jonathon (3 September 2020). "Transport secretary accused of registering private plane in US to bypass British restrictions". The New European. Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  3. Gutteridge, Nick (9 July 2022). "Grant Shapps bids to become Prime Minister with pledge to boost defence spending". The Telegraph.
  4. "Grant Shapps pulls out of Tory leadership race and backs Rishi Sunak". Independent. 12 July 2022. Retrieved 12 July 2022.