|Chair of the Environmental Audit Select Committee|
29 January 2020
|Preceded by||Mary Creagh|
|Minister of State for Health|
15 July 2016 –9 January 2018
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Preceded by||Alistair Burt|
|Succeeded by||Caroline Dinenage|
|Minister for Defence Procurement|
4 September 2012 –15 July 2016
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Peter Luff|
|Succeeded by||Harriett Baldwin|
| Member of Parliament |
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Matthew Green|
|Born||14 August 1958|
Ludlow, Shropshire, England
|Alma mater||Keble College, Oxford|
Philip Martin Dunne (born 14 August 1958) is a British Conservative Party politician. Since 2005, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ludlow constituency in Shropshire.
He has been a farmer since 1987, at his family's farm just over the county boundary in Herefordshire, at Leintwardine near Ludlow, and was elected in 2001 as a councillor on the South Shropshire District Council, of which he was the Conservative leader in 2003–2005. He was also secretary of the Ludlow Conservative Association for a year in 2001..
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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. At Oxford he was part of the Bullingdon Club.
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. In the 2015 general election Dunne again increased his share of the vote and substantially increased his majority.
In July 2016, he was appointed as Minister for State for Health.In Prime Minister Theresa May's January 2018 reshuffle, he was dismissed from his ministerial post. Before losing his post, Dunne was accused of belittling the winter NHS bed crisis by suggesting unwell people in accident and emergency departments of hospitals without beds could instead use seats.
Just before the Conservative leadership election of 2005, he balloted his constituents about whom he should vote for in the contest. After this ballot Dunne announced that he would be supporting David Cameron; he 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 was appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom in the 2019 New Years Honours List, giving him the honorific title "The Right Honourable".
In the 2019 leadership election, Dunne managed Jeremy Hunt's campaign.
At a hustings held in Church Stretton he told the Labour candidate, Kuldip Sahota, that he was "talking through his turban".
He is married to Domenica and they have two sons and two daughters. As well as farming, Dunne has worked in banking.[ citation needed ] 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.[ citation needed ]
In 2009, Dunne's wealth was estimated at £5m.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Ludlow |