Chris Grayling is the Conservative candidate for Epsom and Ewell and Secretary of State for Transport. He held several positions in the Shadow Cabinet prior to the 2010 General Election and his first position in government as Employment minister at the Department for Work & Pensions, where he was responsible for overseeing the creation of the new government’s flagship Work Programme. In 2012 David Cameron appointed him Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice until 2015 – the first non-lawyer to hold the post since the seventeenth century. During his time at the Ministry of Justice Chris implemented the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms, extending support and supervision to prisoners serving short sentences for the first time.
After 2015, he became Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons and was appointed to the Transport brief by Theresa May in July 2016.
Chris was educated at The Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe, followed by Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he read History. After University he joined BBC News in 1985 as a trainee, becoming a producer in 1986. On leaving the BBC in 1992, he ran a number of production companies until becoming a management consultant with Burson Marsteller and then their European Marketing Director. Chris was selected to contest the Labour-held marginal seat of Warrington South at the 1997 General Election. He was elected as a councillor in the London Borough of Merton in 1998 and was elected to Parliament as MP for Epsom and Ewell in 2001. He has campaigned consistently for the protection of services at Epsom Hospital.
Chris is married to Sue and they have two adult children. He supports Manchester United, and can boast that he once hit a four off the Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee.