Oliver Letwin, Minister of State, Cabinet Office

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Oliver Letwin, Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Minister for Government Policy advice)

He leads on:

  • The Coalition Partnership
  • Strategic Reform Plans

Oliver Letwin has been Member of Parliament for West Dorset since May 1997.


Oliver Letwin joined the Shadow Cabinet in 2000 and became:

  • Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury (September 2000–September 2001)
  • Shadow Home Secretary (September 2001–November 2003)
  • Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (November 2003–May 2005)
  • Shadow Environment Secretary (May 2005–December 2005). 

In the 1980s, he worked for Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street.

Oliver has also been a philosophy don at the University of Cambridge, a civil servant and a bank director.

He has written several books, pamphlets and articles, including:

  • Ethics, Emotion and the Unity of the Self
  • Privatising the World
  • The Purpose of Politics.

His father was an academic economist and his mother a political philosopher.

Oliver is married to Isabel, they have a twin daughter and son.

Contact details

Email Oliver Letwin
Telephone: 020 7276 1234
Fax: 020 7276 0514

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