Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP


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.


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


  1. Constitutional reform


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