Stephen Hammond

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Stephen Hammond
MP
Stephen Hammond - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.jpg
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
for Transport
In office
4 September 2012 – 15 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Mike Penning
Succeeded by Claire Perry
Member of Parliament
for Wimbledon
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Roger Casale
Majority 11,408 (24.1%)
Personal details
Born (1962-02-04) 4 February 1962 (age 55)
Southampton, Hampshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Sally (née Sarah Williams)[1][not in citation given]
Residence London
Alma mater Queen Mary University of London
Occupation Politician
Website www.stephenhammond.net

Stephen William Hammond (born 4 February 1962) is a British Conservative Party politician and former UK Government Minister.

Hammond was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wimbledon at the 2005 general election. On 4 September 2012, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, with responsibility for buses, rail and shipping.[2] He lost his ministerial post in the reshuffle on 15 July 2014 and was succeeeded by Claire Perry.[3]

Early life and business career[edit]

Hammond was born in Southampton, and educated at the city's King Edward VI School before reading Economics at Queen Mary University of London. After graduating with a BSc degree, he began a career in finance at a leading fund management house and subsequently worked for major investment banks. Hammond was appointed a Director of the Equities division of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in 1994 and four years later joined Commerzbank Securities. In 2000 he was promoted to Director, Pan European Research, with responsibility for seventy professionals based in London and across Europe.

Political career[edit]

Hammond first stood for Parliament for North Warwickshire at the 1997 general election, being comfortably defeated by Labour's Mike O'Brien. Contesting Wimbledon in 2001 general election, he failed to regain what had been a safe seat for the Conservatives before Labour's 1997 landslide and was defeated by the Labour incumbent, Roger Casale. He was elected a councillor for the Village ward in the London Borough of Merton election in 2002 and subsequently became Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group on Merton Council.[4]

Hammond was the successful parliamentary candidate for Wimbledon at the 2005 general election, gaining a 7.2% swing to the Conservatives. In December 2005, David Cameron, then the new Conservative Leader, appointed him as Shadow Minister for Transport on the Opposition front bench.

On 6 May 2010, Hammond was reelected as MP for Wimbledon.[5] Following that election, Hammond became Parliamentary Private Secretary to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. On 4 September 2012, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport.[2] He was removed from that post following a Cabinet reshuffle in July 2014.[6]

Hammond announced in early 2016 that he would wait until Cameron's renegotiations before endorsing either a Remain vote or a Leave vote in the 2016 referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union.[7] On 14 June 2016, he endorsed a vote to remain in the European Union.[8]

Summerborn campaign[edit]

In Parliament, Hammond has been an advocate of giving summerborn and premature children the right to start school a year later, to give them extra time for development. In October 2015 he held an adjournment debate on this issue, arguing that "summer-born children can suffer from long-term development issues and a lag in educational standards". and highlighting the inconsistent treatment of these children by Councils. In response, Nick Gibb MP, the Minister of State for Schools, set out plans in a letter to all schools to change the school admissions code to allow summer-born children to start reception class at the age of 5.[9]

In October 2016, Hammond held another adjournment debate on this topic, urging the Government to take action more quickly and to provide a timetable for the changes.[10]

Controversies[edit]

Hammond was the subject of a parliamentary investigation after it was revealed that he had failed to disclose investments in Harwood Film partnership, a legal investment scheme which permitted the deferral of tax payments, in the Register of Members' Interests.[11][12] He subsequently apologised for the "oversight" in not registering the financial interest but was cleared of any wrongdoing.[13]

Hammond had previously criticised Ken Livingstone in the House of Commons for setting up companies to reduce his tax bill.[12] The Daily Telegraph subsequently alleged that Hammond had sought to avoid tax by registering the ownership of his Portuguese villa through an offshore-registered company, which his lawyers described as a "normal" arrangement that "did not result in tax benefits for him or his wife".[14]

In December 2014, Hammond controversially assumed a second job as an adviser to Inmarsat; however, he was cleared to do so by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.[15][16] He had been criticised earlier that year for having been the fourth most frequent user of ministerial chauffeur-driven "top up" cars, at 138 uses per year, during his time in office as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport.[17]

The article about Hammond on Wikipedia was one of a number edited in May 2015 by computers owned by Parliament in what The Daily Telegraph described as "a deliberate attempt to hide embarrassing information from the electorate." The deleted information concerned his frequent use of chauffeur-driven cars while in government.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Hammond has been married to Sally Hammond since 1991. The couple live in Wimbledon Park with two pets and they have one daughter.[19] His wife worked as his secretary as recently as June 2015.[20]

Hammond, a keen sportsman, used to play hockey for a National League team and for his county. He now plays veterans hockey for Wimbledon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "House of Commons – The Register of Members' Financial Interests – Part 2: Part 2". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Stephen Hammond – GOV.UK". Dft.gov.uk. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Middleton, Natalie (15 July 2014). "Stephen Hammond to be replaced as transport minister". Fleetworld.co.uk. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "London Borough of Merton 2002 Election Results and Statistics" (PDF). Retrieved 22 April 2017, 22:40 UTC.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ "Election 2010 | Constituency | Wimbledon". BBC News. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Phipps, Claire. "Reshuffle at a glance: who's in and who's out". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "My views on the EU referendum". Stephen Hammond MP. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  8. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn’t and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Summer-born children: Nick Gibb's letter about school admissions - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "School Admissions Code: 10 Oct 2016: House of Commons debates - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  11. ^ Syal, Rajeev (6 December 2012). "Transport minister Stephen Hammond faces inquiry over directorship". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Syal, Rajeev (29 October 2012). "Transport minister Stephen Hammond faces inquiry over directorship". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Rahman, Khaleda (9 May 2013). "Wimbledon MP, Stephen Hammond, apologises for failing to register financial interest". ThisisLocalLondon. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Stephen Hammond: Conservative minister's offshore deal cuts tax bill". Daily Telegraph. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  15. ^ Blanchard, Jack (2015-03-22). "Tory MP has second job which pays him £800 AN HOUR". mirror. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  16. ^ "Summary of business appointments applications - Stephen Hammond - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  17. ^ Syal, Rajeev (2014-01-06). "Transport minister one of coalition's leading users of chauffeur-driven cars". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  18. ^ Riley-Smith, Ben (26 May 2015). "Expenses and sex scandal deleted from MPs’ Wikipedia pages by computers inside Parliament". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "ELECTION 2015: Get to know the candidates who want to be the next Wimbledon MP". Wimbledon Guardian. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  20. ^ "One in five MPs employs a family member: the full list revealed". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 28 April 2017. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Roger Casale
Member of Parliament for Wimbledon
2005–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Mike Penning
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport
2012–2014
Succeeded by
Claire Perry