Oliver Letwin

British politician (born 1956)

Oliver LetwinMP FRSA[1] (born 19 May 1956) is an English politician. He is currently the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office as well as the Chairman of Policy Review, and Chairman of the Conservative Research Department.[2] He is the Member of Parliament for the West Dorset constituency in the United Kingdom. He was first elected in the 1997 general election.

Oliver Letwin

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Minister of State for Policy
In office
12 May 2010 – 14 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byOffice Created
Succeeded byOffice Abolished
Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
In office
5 May 2005 – 6 December 2005
LeaderMichael Howard
Preceded byTheresa May
Succeeded byPeter Ainsworth
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
6 November 2003 – 10 May 2005
LeaderMichael Howard
Preceded byMichael Howard
Succeeded byGeorge Osborne
Shadow Home Secretary
In office
18 September 2001 – 6 November 2003
LeaderIain Duncan Smith
Preceded byAnn Widdecombe
Succeeded byDavid Davis
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
26 September 2000 – 18 September 2001
LeaderWilliam Hague
Preceded byDavid Heathcoat-Amory
Succeeded byJohn Bercow
Member of Parliament
for West Dorset
In office
1 May 1997 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byJames Spicer
Succeeded byChris Loder
Majority3,923 (6.8%)
Personal details
Born (1956-05-19) 19 May 1956 (age 64)
Hampstead, London, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Isabel Davidson
Alma materEton College
Trinity College, Cambridge
London Business School

He is a member of the Conservative Party.[3]

He married Isabel Grace Davidson on 14 September 1984 in Cambridge. They have a twin son and daughter born in July 1993.

Selected worksEdit

  • Oliver Letwin (1987) Ethics, Emotion and the Unity of the Self, Routledge, ISBN 0-7099-4110-2
  • Oliver Letwin and John Redwood. (1988) Britain's Biggest Enterprise – ideas for radical reform of the NHS, Centre for Policy Studies, ISBN 1-870265-19-X
  • Oliver Letwin (1988) Privatizing the World: A Study of International Privatization in Theory and Practice, Thomson Learning, ISBN 0-304-31527-3
  • Oliver Letwin (1989) Drift to union: Wiser ways to a wider community, Centre for Policy Studies, ISBN 1-870265-74-2
  • Oliver Letwin (2003) The Neighbourly Society: Collected Speeches, Centre for Policy Studies, ISBN 1-903219-60-4


  1. http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/sites/default/files/resources/ministers-interests.pdf
  2. Boffey, Daniel (30 July 2011). "Public sector workers need 'discipline and fear', says Oliver Letwin". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 31 July 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Robert Winnett, 'Adam Werritty: Liam Fox's friend 'bankrolled by corporate intelligence firm and Israel lobbyist' ', in The Daily Telegraph, 14 October 2011 [1]