Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has worked for both David Cameron and Boris Johnson in the Cabinet.
Shapps has been the Conservative MP for Welwyn Hatfield since 2005.
Who is Grant Shapps?
Shapps was born on 14 September 1968 in Watford, Hertfordshire to a Jewish family.
He grew up in the area and studied Economics and Finance at Watford Grammar School and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Contrasting with Shapp’s political career, his family is made up of musicians – his cousin is Mick Jones, who is a founding member of The Clash.
In 1999, Shapps was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Fortunately, the treatment was successful and by the following year the politician had completed chemotherapy and was cancer-free.
This medical history meant Shapps was the first cabinet minister to receive the Covid vaccine in February 2021.
Shapps fell ill with Covid a year later but made a full recovery.
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What is Grant Shapps net worth?
According to LadBible, Shapps’ net worth is around US$1.5million (£1.3million), making him one of the wealthiest MPs.
This wealth comes from his long-standing role as an MP, as well as many business ventures.
At the age of 21 he founded his own printing company.
Shapps resigned as director in 2009 but remained the controlling shareholder.
He also founded a web publishing company, How To Corp Limited, and remained a director until 2008, with his wife taking over the position until it was wound up in 2014.
In February 2015, Shapps tried to clear up rumors about his dealings, saying: “I don’t have a second job and have never had a second job while I was an MP. End of the story.”
The following month he admitted to holding a second job as an MP and working under a pseudonym.
What roles has Grant Shapps worked in?
After failing to win a seat in the 2001 election, Shapps was elected MP for Welwyn Hatfield in 2005, retaining the seat in 2010 and 2019.
Shapps publicly backed former Prime Minister David Cameron’s bid for leadership of the Conservative Party.
He served as Shadow Housing Minister in 2007 before becoming Minister of State for Housing in the 2010 election.
In Cameron’s first major reshuffle in 2012, Shapps was named co-chair of the Conservative Party.
In May 2015, the MP resigned as Minister of State and was fired from the cabinet over allegations of bullying, which he had ignored.
The Remainer returned to Cabinet in 2019 following the election of Boris Johnson as Transport Secretary.
He retained that position through the 2020 and 2021 cabinet reshuffles.
During the coronavirus pandemic, he was responsible for the government’s traffic light system, which divided countries into red, yellow and green categories and issued specific regulations for British travelers returning from those countries.
He announced a £250m plan in May 2020 to invest in cycle lanes and trial e-scooters on UK roads.
Is Grant Shapps running as Prime Minister?
Following Boris Johnson’s resignation, Shapps announced that he would throw his hat in the ring to become the leader of the Conservative Party, and by extension the Prime Minister.
His announcement came on July 9, 2022, along with a number of Tory MPs.
The race grew to 11 candidates including Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid and Nadhim Zahwi.
Shapps dropped out on July 12, instead pledging to support front-runner Rishi Sunak.
Is Grant Shapps married and does he have children?
Grant Shapps married Belinda Goldstone in 1997.
She attended King David High School before studying at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Since 2009, Belinda has been a partner at AuctionGirl.co.uk – which promises users to “money their stuff”.
She was by his side when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 1999.
In 2012, Shapps hailed his wife for her support during this time, telling the Guardian: “She said to me you can’t die, we have too much to do together.
“She was brilliant.”
The couple have three children – a boy named Hadley and twins Tabytha and Noa.
As a result of his chemotherapy treatment, the boys were conceived through IVF.
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