Chris Grayling was re-elected MP for Epsom and Ewell in May 2010 with a majority of 16,134 votes.
Born in 1962, Chris grew up in Buckinghamshire, though his family moved to the North West when he was 19. He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe before going to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, to read history. After university, he joined the BBC's News Training Scheme, and worked as a producer on BBC News and Channel Four's programme Business Daily.
After a few years in television production, he decided to move to the business side of the media industry, and worked for a number of small and medium-sized production businesses before moving to the Employee Change Communication practice at international communications firm Burson Marsteller. He ended his time there as European Marketing Director.
Chris lives in Ashtead, Surrey, in his constituency of Epsom and Ewell. He has written several books, including a history of the Bridgwater Canal, Anglo-American relations, and life in England after the First World War.
Before entering Parliament in 2001, he was a councillor on the London Borough of Merton.
. MP for Epsom and Ewell, 2001 - . Opposition Whip, 2002 . Shadow Health Minister, 2002 - 2003 . Shadow Higher and Further Education Minister, 2003 - 2005 . Shadow Leader of the House, 2005 . Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, 2005 - 2007 . Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, 2007
Chris Grayling was the shadow home secretary before the 2010 general election. After the formation of the coalition he became a minister of state in the Department for Work and Pensions
INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF POLITICS: Watching and supporting Manchester United, Epsom and Ewell FC and Ashtead Colts, while trying to emulate their skills in occasional bursts of 5-a-side football.
FAMILY LIFE: Chris has been married to Sue since 1987, and they have one daughter and one son.
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Date of Birth
1 April 1962
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