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Christopher Stephen Grayling PC MP is a British Conservative Party politician and former author who has been the Secretary of State for Transport since July 2016.

The Right Honourable

MP
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Secretary of State for Transport
Assumed office
14 July 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by Patrick McLoughlin
Leader of the House of Commons
In office
9 May 2015 – 14 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by William Hague
Succeeded by David Lidington
Lord President of the Council
In office
9 May 2015 – 14 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Nick Clegg
Succeeded by David Lidington
Secretary of State for Justice
Lord Chancellor
In office
4 September 2012 – 9 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Ken Clarke
Succeeded by Michael Gove
Minister of State for Employment
In office
13 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Jim Knight
Succeeded by Mark Hoban
Shadow Home Secretary
In office
19 January 2009 – 11 May 2010
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Dominic Grieve
Succeeded by Alan Johnson
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
In office
2 July 2007 – 19 January 2009
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Philip Hammond
Succeeded by Theresa May
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
In office
6 December 2005 – 2 July 2007
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Tim Yeo
Succeeded by Theresa Villiers
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
In office
10 May 2005 – 6 December 2005
Leader Michael Howard
Preceded by Oliver Heald
Succeeded by Theresa May
Member of Parliament
for Epsom and Ewell
Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded by Archie Hamilton
Majority 24,443 (42.8%)
Personal details
Born Christopher Stephen Grayling
(1962-04-01) 1 April 1962 (age 54)
London, England
Political party Social Democrat
Conservative
Spouse(s) Susan Dillistone
Children 2
Alma mater Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Religion Anglicanism

Christopher Stephen Grayling PC MP (born 1 April 1962 in London) is a British Conservative Party politician and former author who has been the Secretary of State for Transport since July 2016.

Grayling was born in London and studied History at Cambridge University. He published a number of books as well as working for the BBC and Channel 4 before going into politics. First elected to Parliament in the 2001 general election for Epsom and Ewell, he was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet of David Cameron in 2005 as Shadow Secretary of State for Transport. From 2007 he became the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and in 2009 he was appointed Shadow Home Secretary. Following the 2010 general election and the formation of the Coalition Government, Grayling was made the Minister of State for Employment.

In September 2012, he was appointed to the UK Cabinet in a reshuffle, replacing Kenneth Clarke as the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from 2012 to 2015. He was the first non-lawyer to have served as Lord Chancellor for at least 440 years. He was the Leader of the House of Commons and the Lord President of the Council between 2015 and 2016. Grayling was appointed as Transport Secretary in July 2016, when Theresa May became Prime Minister.