Philip Dunne


Philip Dunne was re-elected MP for Ludlow on May 7th 2015 with 26093 votes, taking 54.3% of the vote.

Philip was elected as Ludlow’s Member of Parliament in May 2005. 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 helped start a bookshop business, Ottakar’s, from scratch.

Philip is married with two daughters and two sons, each having been at a school in the Ludlow constituency, where he was for six years Governor. 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 skiing with his family.

Philip read Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. 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).

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 is also past and current director of charities, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, in addition to various local charities.

He remains chairman of a quoted Venture Capital Trust, Baronsmead 4 VCT plc, reflecting his enthusiasm for encouraging entrepreneurship in the small business sector. He is a non-executive 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 was based in Conservative Central Office helping to 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 in May 2005.

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). He was appointed an Assistant Whip in October 2008.

He was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party in April 2008 as Deputy Chairman of the International Office with responsibility for Conservatives Abroad. He is also a Conservative appointed Governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. In 2012 David Cameron nominated him Minister for Defence Procurement.

He is Chairman of the Retail and Consumer Goods group of Conservative Business Relations. He served on the Commission into Small Shops on the High Street which reported in 2008 and is Chairman of the Retail Crime Commission due to report in 2009.

He is a director of the cross-party European Information Management Group (EURIM) and the parliamentary chair of its Information Governance group. He also chairs the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Corporate Governance and Rural Services, is Deputy Chairman of the APPG on Diabetes and London 2012 and is Secretary of the APPG on Post Offices.

Constituency: Ludlow

Constituency Address: 54 Broad Street

Constituency Tel: 01584 872187

Date of Birth: 14 August 1958


Party: Conservative

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Westminster Address: House of Commons

Westminster Tel: 02072193000

Twitter: @Dunne4Ludlow

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