Philip was first elected Member of Parliament for the Ludlow Constituency in May 2005. He was re-elected in May 2010, increasing his majority almost five-fold. He was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Defence in September 2012. Following the General Election in May 2015, he was promoted to Minister of State for Defence Procurement at the Ministry of Defence. Under Prime Minister Theresa May, Philip was appointed Minister of State for Health at the Department of Health in July 2016.
He believes politicians can contribute most to their communities if they have experience of the world beyond politics. He had a twenty year business career before becoming actively involved in politics. He has experience of business both big and small: having worked for investment banks in London, New York and Hong Kong and helping start a bookshop business, Ottakar's, from scratch.
Philip is married with two daughters and two sons, each having been at school in the Ludlow constituency, where he was a Governor for six years. He was brought up on the family farm near Ludlow, for which he has had responsibility since 1987. He lives near Ludlow, which he has regarded as his home town all his life.
He enjoys family life, living in the countryside and keeping busy.
Philip read Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University graduating in 1980. He spent eight years at the then leading British merchant bank S.G.Warburg, working in London and New York advising major British and foreign companies on their strategic development. He then worked for two years for James Gulliver Associates, before becoming a partner of Phoenix Securities, a leading adviser to the financial services sector, for whom he worked for 10 years in London and Hong Kong, during which time it was bought by Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, a US investment bank of which he became a Managing Director (one of many).
Philip inside Ottakers
During his 18 year involvement as co-founder and then Chairman of Ottakar's, eventually acquired by Waterstones, he helped it grow to a business employing over 2,500 people nationwide in nearly 150 shops. Philip has also been a director of charities, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and he remains a trustee of some local charities.
For nine years he was chairman of a quoted Venture Capital Trust, Baronsmead 4 VCT plc, reflecting his enthusiasm for encouraging entrepreneurship in the small business sector. For six years he was also a director of Ruffer LLP, a leading independent private client fund manager.
Philip is a lifelong Conservative. He has campaigned for Conservative candidates at elections since 1974 and was a Conservative appointed governor of a primary school in the 1990s. During the run-up to the 2001 General Election he helped coordinate the campaign for target seats in Greater London - where the Conservatives made net gains.
He won a by-election in November 2001 in the Castle Ward of Ludlow to become the first Conservative Councillor on South Shropshire District Council. He led the Conservative Group on this council until December 2004. He was elected as Member of Parliament for the Ludlow constituency in May 2005.
Philip was a member of the Treasury Select Committee. In Parliament Philip has been a Member of the Work & Pensions Select Committee (2005-06), the Public Accounts Committee (2006-08) and the Treasury Select Committee (2007-08) before being appointed an Assistant Opposition Whip (2008–2010).
He was a director of the cross-party European Information Management Group (EURIM) and the parliamentary chair of its Information Governance group. He also chaired the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Corporate Governance and Rural Services, was Deputy Chairman of the APPG on Diabetes and London 2012 and was Secretary of the APPG on Post Offices.
In the Conservative Party he was Deputy Chairman of the International Office with responsibility for Conservatives Abroad (2008–2010). He was also a Conservative appointed Governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (2008–2010).
He has been Chairman of the Retail and Consumer Goods group of Conservative Business Relations and in this capacity served on the Commission into Small Shops on the High Street in 2008 and was Chairman of the Retail Crime Commission in 2009.
In May 2010, Philip became an Assistant Government Whip, when he was appointed Departmental Whip to the Cabinet Office responsible for Constitutional Affairs and to the Scotland Office. In October 2011 he was appointed Departmental Whip to the Department of Education and to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. In September 2012, Philip was appointed Minister of Defence Equipment, Support and Technology with responsibility for defence procurement and defence exports.
Following the General Election in May 2015, Philip was promoted to Minister of State for Defence Procurement. In addition to his previous responsibilities for defence acquisition and exports, he supports the Secretary of State on the Strategic Defence and Security Review and sat on the Defence Board for the Ministry of Defence.
Under the Government announced by Prime Minister Theresa May in July 2016, Philip was appointed Minister of State for Health at the Department of Health, responsible for hospitals, workforce and financial performance.
Prior to his role as Minister of State for Health at the Department of Health, Philip Dunne served as Minister of State for Defence Procurement from May 2015 until July 2016, having been Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology at the Ministry of Defence since September 2012.
In this role helped manage defence procurement to provide equipment and equipment support for the Armed Forces on time and on budget. He also had departmental responsibility for supporting defence exports to contribute to prosperity.