Minister for Government Policy and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin


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 is the Conservative MP for west Dorset.


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.

Minister for Government Policy

The minister is responsible for:

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

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


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