Minister of State for Cabinet Office and Minister of State for Schools

The Rt Hon David Laws MP


David Laws became Minister of State for Schools in the Department for Education and Minister of State in the Cabinet Office in September 2012. He is also the Liberal Democrat MP for Yeovil.


David studied economics at King’s College, Cambridge.

Political career

David was elected MP for Yeovil in 2001.

He served on the Treasury Select Committee until becoming the Liberal Democrats’ Shadow Chief Secretary, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, and finally Shadow Education Secretary.

David helped negotiate the Coalition agreement with the Conservative Party before briefly serving as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, where he oversaw the Coalition public spending plans.

Career outside politics

From 1987 to 1992, David worked as a vice president at JP Morgan before leaving to join Barclays as a managing director. He left the City in 1994 to become economics adviser to the Liberal Democrats.

Minister of State for Cabinet Office

As Minister of State, Cabinet Office, he supports effective Coalition Government working and policy development, with a particular focus on domestic policy.

He leads on delivery of the Programme for Government and departmental Business Plans.

Minister of State for Schools

The minister is responsible for schools in the Department for Education.

Responsibilities include:

  • pupil premium, raising attainment, narrowing the gap
  • teachers
  • school improvement, accountability, inspection
  • funding
  • admissions
  • raising the participation age and financial support for young people
  • Teaching Agency and National College
  • child poverty and social mobility strategy
  • Ofsted

Previous roles in government

  1. Chief Secretary to the Treasury

    • 2010 to 2010


by The Rt Hon David Laws MP

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  1. Parents to be given key information on schools' performance

    • 6 June 2014
    • Press release
  2. 160,000 children set to benefit from talented primary school leaders

    • 6 June 2014
    • Press release
  3. Schools best at helping disadvantaged pupils to share £4 million prize fund

    • 1 May 2014
    • Press release
  4. First school opens under Priority School Building Programme

    • 1 May 2014
    • Press release
  5. Education spending

    • 1 May 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  6. Government's response to the SMCPC's first annual report

    • 27 March 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  7. Step-change in ambition will mean higher standards for all

    • 27 March 2014
    • Press release
  8. Primary and 16 to 19 assessment and accountability

    • 27 March 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  9. Copyright deals will cut red tape and save schools £6.5 million

    • 26 March 2014
    • Press release
  10. More power, more choice and better quality of public services

    • 14 March 2014
    • News story

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