The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin


The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin served as Minister for Government Policy in the Cabinet Office from May 2010 until 14 July 2016. He also served as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from July 2014 until 14 July 2016. Oliver 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.