Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

The Rt Hon David Lidington CBE MP

Biography

David Lidington was appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 8 January 2018. He was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from June 2017 to January 2018. He was elected Conservative MP for Aylesbury in 1992.

Education

David was educated at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge where he studied history.

Political career

David was elected Member of Parliament for Aylesbury in 1992 and has held a number of positions including Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 2003 to 2007 and Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2007 to 2010.

He served as Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) from May 2010 until July 2016.

David was Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council from July 2016 to June 2017.

Career outside politics

David worked for BP and Rio Tinto – Zinc Corporation (RTZ) before spending 3 years as Special Advisor to Douglas Hurd in the Home Office and Foreign Office.

Personal life

David is married to Helen and has 4 sons.

Minister for the Cabinet Office

The Minister for the Cabinet Office is in overall charge of and responsible for the policy and work of the department, and attends Cabinet.

Responsibilities include:

  • advising the Prime Minister on developing and implementing government policy
  • driving forward government business and implementation including chairing and deputy chairing Cabinet committees and implementation taskforces
  • overseeing devolution consequences of EU exit
  • overseeing constitutional affairs and maintaining the integrity of the Union
  • oversight of all Cabinet Office policies

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster administers the estates and rents of the Duchy of Lancaster, and is a member of the Cabinet.

Key responsibilities include:

  • advising the PM on developing and implementing government policy
  • driving forward government business and implementation including chairing and deputy chairing Cabinet
  • committees and implementation taskforces
  • overseeing devolution consequences of EU exit
  • overseeing constitutional affairs and maintaining the integrity of the Union
  • oversight of all CO policies

Previous roles in government

  1. Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

    • 2017 to 2018
  2. Lord President of the Council

    • 2016 to 2017
  3. Leader of the House of Commons

    • 2016 to 2017
  4. Minister of State for Europe

    • 2010 to 2016

Announcements

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  1. Statement from the Justice Secretary on John Worboys

    • News story
  2. Justice Secretary pledges commitment to tackling racial inequality in the Criminal Justice System

    • Press release
  3. Delivering safer and more secure prisons: the roots to rehabilitation

    • Speech
  4. Lord Chancellor speech at launch of TheCityUK’s legal services report 2017

    • Speech
  5. Parole Board 50th Anniversary

    • Speech
  6. Secretary of State's oral statement on sentencing

    • Statement to Parliament
  7. Approbation of the Lord Mayor Elect ceremony

    • Speech
  8. Opening of the legal year October 2017

    • Speech
  9. Lord Chief Justice swearing-in, Lord Chancellor speech

    • Speech
  10. Reforms to compensation payouts announced

    • Press release