- Ten second biography
A former councillor in the London Borough of Merton, Grayling entered the Commons in 2001 in the safe Tory seat of Epsom and Ewell. He was made shadow transport secretary in 2005 and was given the work and pensions brief in 2007.
- What is his background?
Educated at grammar school and Cambridge University, where he read history. Grayling worked as a producer for BBC News and Channel Four, before moving in to PR. He began his PR career at Burson Marsteller's employee change comms practice and ended up as the agency's European marketing director.
- Where does he sit politically?
Grayling recently suggested to The Independent that he was a fully fledged Cameroon, saying: 'Our view on life comes from different circumstances to those of our predecessors in the 1980s.' But he has voted against gay rights legislation on six occasions.
- Why he is a man to watch
Grayling was recently described by The Guardian's Michael White as 'one of David Cameron's most lean and hungry frontbenchers'. He is also highly rated by Tory comms chief Andy Coulson, who has put Grayling at the centre of his summer media offensive (PRWeek, 6 June).
- Something you might not know
Grayling once hit Aussie bowler Dennis Lillee for four in a charity cricket match.