Philip Dunne (born 1958)
|Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology|
4 September 2012
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Peter Luff|
|Member of Parliament
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Matthew Green|
14 August 1958 |
Ludlow, Shropshire, England
|Alma mater||Eton College
Keble College, Oxford
He has been a farmer since 1987, at his family's farm just over the county border in Herefordshire, at Leintwardine near Ludlow, and was elected as a councillor on the South Shropshire District Council in 2001, of which he became the Conservative leader 2003–2005. He was also elected as the secretary of the Ludlow Conservative Association for a year in 2001. Since 2005 Dunne has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Ludlow.
Philip Dunne was born in Ludlow, Shropshire, and has an ancestry of politicians and courtiers. He is the son of Sir Thomas Dunne KG, the former Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, who in turn is the son of Philip Russell Rendel Dunne (who briefly sat in the Commons), who in turn was the son of Edward Marten Dunne (who also sat in the Commons). Philip Dunne was educated at Abberley Hall School, followed by Eton College and Keble College, Oxford, where he was awarded a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
He was elected to the House of Commons at the 2005 general election for Ludlow when he unseated the incumbent Liberal Democrat MP, Matthew Green. Dunne regained the (historically safe) seat for the Conservatives; the seat having been lost at the 2001 general election. He made his maiden speech on 8 June 2005. During his first term in Parliament (2005–2010) he was a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, and in 2006 he was appointed to the Public Accounts Committee.
Philip Dunne held the Ludlow constituency seat in the 2010 general election with a notable swing from the Liberal Democrats, giving Dunne a 52.8 per cent share of the vote and a new, strengthened majority of 9,749.
Conservative leadership election 2005
Just before the Conservative leadership election of 2005, he balloted his constituents about whom he should vote for in the contest. Following on from this ballot Dunne announced that he would be supporting David Cameron and was also Chairman of Cameron's campaign in Shropshire.
Following the formation of the Liberal Democrat–Conservative coalition government shortly after the general election, Philip Dunne was appointed as an unpaid assistant government whip in the House of Commons. In September 2012, he was appointed Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology with responsibility for Defence procurement and Defence exports. In this role, he was the minister responsible for, and one of the backers of, the bill which became the Defence Reform Act 2014.
He is married to Domenica and they have two sons and two daughters. As well as farming, Dunne has also worked in banking and has experience of working in New York and Hong Kong. He also helped start up Ottakar's bookshop. He was born and raised in and around Ludlow and has a keen interest in diabetes research. Dunne's wealth is estimated at £5m.
- House of Commons Hansard
- "Her Majesty's Government". Number10.gov.uk. May 2010. Archived from the original on 5 July 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- "Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- Shackle, Samira; Hegarty, Stephanie; Eaton, George (1 October 2009). "The new ruling class". New Statesman.
- Homepage of Philip Dunne MP
- BBC Democracy Live Philip Dunne MP
- Guardian Unlimited Politics – Ask Aristotle: Philip Dunne MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com – Philip Dunne MP
- Maiden speech in the House of Commons on 8 June 2005.
- The Public Whip – Philip Dunne MP
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Ludlow