The Rt Hon Grant Shapps was appointed Secretary of State for the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero on 7 February 2023. He was appointed vice-chairman of the Conservative Party in 2005, before being made shadow housing minister in June 2007. Following the 2010 election, he served as minister of state for housing and local government in the Department for Communities and Local Government. Shapps was appointed to the Privy Council in June 2010. In September 2012 he was appointed as co-chairman to the Conservative Party. At the same time he held the position of minister without portfolio at the Cabinet Office. In 2015, he was appointed a minister of state in the Department for International Development. Following the 2019 election, he was appointed secretary of state for transport, a role he retained until 2022. After serving as the home secretary during 2022, Shapps was appointed the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, becoming secretary of state for energy security and net zero after the creation of the department. As of September 2023, he is secretary of state for defence.