Sir Patrick McLoughlin was appointed the Chairman of the Conservative Party in July 2016. He is the Conservative MP for Derbyshire Dales.
Before becoming an MP in 1986, Patrick sat on Staffordshire County Council from 1981 to 1987 and Cannock Chase District Council between 1980 and 1987. Outside of politics, he worked for five years as a farm worker and, after 1979, worked underground at the Littleton Colliery in Cannock. He was a member of the National Union of Mineworkers and became an industrial representative for the National Coal Board's Western Area Marketing Department.
He has held a number of positions in government, including Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Trade and Industry and Government Whip. In opposition, he served as Chief Whip from 2005 to 2010. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 2005.
After the general election in 2010, he was appointed Chief Whip in the Coalition government. In September 2012 he became the Secretary of State for Transport, and served in that role until July 2016.
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