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Rt Hon David Willetts MP

Minister of State for Universities and Science (attending Cabinet)


Looking across all departmental business at strategic priorities, higher education (including HEFCE and Student Loans Company), science and research (including Research Councils), life sciences, innovation, also responsible for the Technology Strategy Board, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), Energy Technologies Institute, the National Measurement Office, the Design Council, the UK Accreditation Service, the British Standards Institute and Space.


David has been the Member of Parliament for Havant since 1992. He has worked at HM Treasury, the Number 10 Policy Unit, served as Paymaster General in the last Conservative Government and then in the Shadow Cabinet.

He was a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, is a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation and a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He has written widely on economic and social policy.

His book, ‘The Pinch: How the baby boomers took their children’s future – and why they should give it back’ was published earlier this year.

David is married to Sarah Butterfield and they have two children. David and Sarah are keen walkers and swimmers. He has swum the Solent and raised £1,500 for charity cycling in the Paris to Hayling ride.