33 Facts About Chris Grayling

1. Chris Grayling insists that the money will only be paid as and when Seaborne Freight, a start-up business, fulfils its obligations.

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2. Chris Grayling was one of six Cabinet ministers to back the official Brexit campaign Vote Leave during the referendum.

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3. Chris Grayling says the PM now has a "fresh mandate" to negotiate an alternative solution to the Irish border conundrum.

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4. Chris Grayling has spent almost nine consecutive years on the government payroll.

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5. In October 2014, Chris Grayling unveiled the Conservative Party's proposals for reforms to human rights in order to curb the European Court of Human Rights' influence over British court rulings, whilst honouring the text of the original Convention on Human Rights in a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.

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6. Chris Grayling apologised on 9 April 2010, saying: "I am sorry if what I said gave the wrong impression, I certainly didn't intend to offend anyone.

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7. Chris Grayling challenged minister Stephen Byers over his handling of the Railtrack collapse.

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8. Chris Grayling was heavily involved in the questioning of David Blunkett, the then Work and Pensions Secretary, over his business affairs which led to Blunkett's resignation in 2005.

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9. Chris Grayling became a Spokesman for Education and Skills by Michael Howard in 2003.

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10. Chris Grayling made his maiden speech on 25 June 2001.

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11. Chris Grayling left the BBC in 1988 to join Channel 4 as an editor on its Business Daily television programme.

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12. Chris Grayling was the Leader of the House of Commons and the Lord President of the Council between 2015 and 2016.

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13. Chris Grayling was the first non-lawyer to have served as Lord Chancellor for at least 440 years.

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14. Chris Grayling published a number of books as well as working for the BBC and Channel 4 before going into politics.

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15. Chris Grayling urged to step in and end "damaging" train strikes.

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16. Chris Grayling has been on about hydrogen trains for a while Let's hope it becomes reality.

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17. In 2016, Chris Grayling set out his vision for doing so without raising.

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18. Chris Grayling accepted nearly £1,000 worth of free Manchester United tickets since the last general election, it has been revealed.

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19. Chris Grayling is married to Susan Clare Dillistone and has two sons.

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20. Chris Grayling was criticised for injuring a cyclist by opening the door of his ministerial car without looking in the Westminster area in October 2016.

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21. In October 2014 Chris Grayling unveiled the Conservative Party's proposals for reforms to human rights in order to curb the European Court of Human Rights' influence over British court rulings, whilst honouring the text of the original Convention on Human Rights in a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.

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22. Chris Grayling was advocated for cuts to the DWP budgets in order to constrain welfare spending.

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23. Chris Grayling served as Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, from 2010 until 2012, before being promoted to the Cabinet, on 4 September 2012, as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

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24. On 28 May 2010, Chris Grayling was sworn of the Privy Council in the 2010 Dissolution of Parliament Honours List.

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25. On 31 January 2013, it was reported that Chris Grayling would vote in favour of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

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26. Chris Grayling says he uses the flat when "working very late" because he needs to "work very erratic and late hours most days when the House of Commons is sitting.

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27. Chris Grayling challenged Tony Blair and his wife Cherie over the money they made from lectures while Blair was Prime Minister.

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28. Chris Grayling became known as a national politician through his "attack dog" pressure on leading Labour politicians.

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29. Chris Grayling held the seat with a majority of 10,080 and has been returned as MP there since.

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30. Chris Grayling was selected to contest the Labour-held marginal seat of Warrington South at the 1997 general election, but was defeated by Labour candidate Helen Southworth by 10,807 votes.

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31. Prior to joining the Conservative Party, Chris Grayling was a member of the Social Democratic Party.

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32. Chris Grayling joined BBC News in 1985 as a trainee, becoming a producer in 1986.

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33. Chris Grayling was born in London and studied History at Cambridge University.

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