Chris Grayling

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Chris Grayling

Chris Grayling was appointed Secretary of State for Transport by Prime Minister Theresa May on 14 July 2016, leaving his post as Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons which he took up after the 2015 general election. [1]

He had previously worked as the minister of state at the Department for Work and Pensions in the coalition government in May 2010.[2] He was appointed Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State For Justice in September 2012.[3]

Grayling has been the Conservative Party MP for Epsom and Ewell since 2001. In the 2015 election he retained his seat with a majority of 24,423. [4]

Dinner with lobbyists

Details of the attendees and seating plans of the Conservative's 2013 summer ball, an event where tickets cost up to £12,000 each and allows attendees to sit at the table with ministers, were leaked by the Guardian. It revealed that Grayling sat with Patsy Baker of Bell Pottinger Communications.[5]

Special advisers




  1. 'Who's in and who's out? May's new cabinet', 14 July 2016, BBC News, accessed 15 July 2016
  2. Full list of new cabinet ministers and other government appointments,, 13 May 2010.
  3. Juliette Jowit, Shiv Malik and Haroon Siddique, Cabinet reshuffle: who has moved so far?,, 4 September 2012.
  4. Election 2015: Conservative Chris Grayling retains Epsom & Ewell constituency getSurrey, 7 May 2015, accessed 14 May 2015
  5. Robert Booth, Nick Mathiason, Luke Harding and Melanie Newman Tory summer party drew super-rich supporters with total wealth of £11bn The Guardian, 3 July 2014, accessed 14 October 2014