Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP

Biography

The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP became Minister for Government Policy in the Cabinet Office in May 2010 and was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 15 July 2014. He was elected Conservative MP for West Dorset in 1997.

Education

Oliver studied at Eton College, then Trinity College, Cambridge. He has a PhD in philosophy.

Political career

After joining the Shadow Cabinet in 2000, he held the following positions:

  • Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2000 to 2001
  • Shadow Home Secretary from 2001 to 2003
  • Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2003 to 2005
  • Shadow Environment Secretary in 2005
  • Chairman of the Policy Review from 2005 to 2010

Career outside politics

He taught philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He has also worked as a civil servant in Margaret Thatcher’s policy unit and as a bank director.

Personal life

Oliver is married with 2 children.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is in overall charge of the Cabinet Office. The role has responsibility for:

  • advising the Prime Minister on how to implement government policy
  • coordinating constitutional reform
  • the resilience of the UK’s infrastructure
  • reducing regulatory burdens through the Red Tape Challenge

Before July 2014, this role was covered by the Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister for Government Policy

    • 2010 to 2015

Policies

  1. Constitutional reform

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  1. Cabinet Office fly iconic rainbow flag to celebrate Pride

    • 22 June 2015
    • News story
  2. Cabinet Committees and Implementation Taskforces membership list

    • 3 June 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  3. Vision set for UK to become a world leader in the internet of things

    • 18 December 2014
    • Press release
  4. Billions of pounds to be saved thanks to new What Works Network findings

    • 25 November 2014
    • Press release
  5. New What Works Centre for Wellbeing

    • 29 October 2014
    • News story
  6. Lord Ashcroft's veterans transition review: government response

    • 14 October 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  7. Electric cars for all government fleets

    • 17 July 2014
    • News story
  8. More power, more choice and better quality of public services

    • 14 March 2014
    • Press release
  9. Indian business angels to make first UK investment

    • 26 February 2014
    • Press release
  10. First monthly meeting with insurance industry on flooding

    • 18 February 2014
    • News story