He ended his time there as European Marketing Director. , Grayling's unilateral decision to use Ostend, instead of Calais, as the continental terminal for some ferry services, was not appreciated in Calais, whose port chairman told Grayling he was no longer welcome there. , Following the December 2018 Gatwick Airport drone incident The Times reported that Grayling had ignored "numerous warnings" about the threat posed by drones, halting draft legislation due for publication in early 2019 thereby allowing civil servants to be diverted to Brexit related tasks.  He became criticised for various gaffes and controversies, such as injuring a cyclist by unsafely opening the door of his ministerial car in October 2016 and misspending £2.7 billion of public funds over his tenure as Transport Secretary.  Conservative Party leader David Cameron was subsequently urged to "back or sack" Grayling, with gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell saying that "Cameron's silence is worrying. Christopher Stephen Grayling (born 1 April 1962) is a British Conservative Party politician and author who served as Secretary of State for Transport from 2016 to 2019. Back then, it was said the likelihood of its contents being a bombshell was fairly slim, as the security services had signed off promptly on its conclusions. Grayling was born in London and studied History at Cambridge University.  In relation to the prior court action by HMRC against Seaborne Freight's chief executive, the amount of unpaid tax was not reported, but the former company had a total of £1.78 million in unpaid debts.  The Guardian commented that sources familiar with the matter had indicated he had "gone off in a sulk" and had no desire to serve on the committee as an ordinary member. He was Leader of the House of Commons and the Lord President of the Council from 2015 to 2016. Police responded that gang-related shootings in Greater Manchester had fallen by 82 percent from the previous year and that to speak of "urban war" was "sensationalistic". Last modified on Sat 11 Jul 2020 01.20 BST, News that Chris Grayling is to be appointed chair of the intelligence and security committee feels like a cosmic inevitability. He has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Epsom and Ewell since 2001. He made his maiden speech on 25 June 2001.. The appointment of a new committee chairperson was delayed for eight months by Mr Johnson after the December general election, in an apparent effort to put off the publication of a report on Russian attempts to influence UK politics. He rejoined the BBC in 1991 as a business development manager on BBC Select. Grayling was stood down from the Cabinet when Boris Johnson became Prime Minister in July 2019. , On 29 December 2018, it emerged that Grayling's department had awarded £46.6m to French firm Brittany Ferries, £42.5m to Danish shipping firm DFDS, and £13.8m to British firm Seaborne Freight, to provide additional cross-channel freight capacity in case of a "no-deal" Brexit on 29 March 2019. "Grayling suggests B&Bs should be able to bar gay guests", BBC News. The restriction didn't apply to those who already employed "connected parties".  This caused renewed calls for Grayling's dismissal. Hutchison Ports clearly has money to burn if it can afford to spend £100,000 on a part-time adviser.”. Chris has been married to Sue since 1987, and they have one daughter and one son. He was the first non-lawyer to have served as Lord Chancellor for at least 440 years. The ex-transport secretary was the favoured choice of Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings to head the cross-party group, but was thwarted last month after opposition MPs combined to install Julian Lewis instead. Before he plays us some of his new stuff, then, let’s take a moment to appreciate a few of Chris’s greatest hits. The move was defended as being not about a ban on books being sent into prison, but about parcels being sent in, as giving prisons access to the latter would almost certainly increase the amount of contraband getting into the prison estate. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Start your Independent Premium subscription today. I very much enjoyed last night’s Guardian headline, “Grayling closes in on role as chair of UK intelligence committee”. James Purnell plummets", "Chris Grayling to stop claiming second home allowances: MPs' expenses", "MPs accused of Wikipedia expenses 'cover-up, "Grayling's comments on Moss Side condemned", "Lies, damn lies and Tory crime statistics". Philip Hammond, May’s chancellor who was elevated to the House of Lords last month, has taken on 11 paid positions, including advising the Kuwait Investment Office and giving “urgent advice” to Mohammed Al-Jadaan, the finance minister of Saudi Arabia. Grayling said, "These new state-of-the-art trains show our commitment to put passengers at the heart of everything that we do and will carry people across Britain, from Swansea to Aberdeen and London to Inverness." The government was heavily criticised after it emerged the firm had no vessels suitable for carrying goods or vehicles, and had copied its terms and conditions of business from the website of a takeaway. A new Conservative member is now expected to be appointed to bring the committee back up to its regular size. mass rally against vaccination and government restrictions designed to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, including the wearing of masks and taking tests for the virus, Flowers are laid down outside the custody centre where a police officer was shot dead in Croydon, south London, A member of the Jewish community inspects an Lulav, which makes up one of the 'Four Species', or Arba Minim in Hebrew, before purchasing in London, England. In June 2007, he was made Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a post he held until January 2009 when he became Shadow Home Secretary. For now, Grayling’s ascent to chairman is expected to be a formality. Born in 1962, Chris grew up in Buckinghamshire, though his family moved to the North West when he was 19. ) Grayling's appointment was widely seen as a return to a more hard line approach than that of his predecessor, Clarke. Grayling declined to take part in the first Class 800 to run on the East Coast Main Line. He himself would walk from the … He became a Spokesman for Education and Skills by Michael Howard in 2003. 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