Oliver Letwin was re-elected MP for West Dorset on May 7th 2015 with 28329 votes, taking 50.2% of the vote.
Oliver has been involved in policy formation and policy thinking for the last 25 years, since he worked for Mrs Thatcher in Downing Street in the 1980s. After the 2015 general election Oliver was given overall responsibility for the Cabinet Office and became a full member of the Cabinet in the Conservative government. He had previously been Minister of State for Government Policy from 2010 and 2015.
In a varied career, he has been a philosophy don at Cambridge, a civil servant and a bank director. He has written many books, pamphlets and articles, including Ethics, Emotion and the Unity of the Self, Privatising the World and The Purpose of Politics.
His interest in thinking about government and political theory stems from his childhood. His father was an academic economist and his mother a political philosopher. He is married to Isabel, who is a senior civil servant and a keen gardener. They have two teenage twins so he knows about the difficulties of being a parent.
Oliver is a passionate champion of progressive social reform, a cause which he advocated strongly as Shadow Home Secretary in his speeches on the 'neighbourly society'; and he has been involved with Iain Duncan Smith's Centre for Social Justice since it was first founded. He is committed to environmental causes, leading the Conservative Party into the cross-party talks on the Climate Change Bill, and making speeches on the place of beauty in politics when he was Shadow Secretary for the Environment. He is also a localist, and campaigned from the Conservative Front Bench for Nick Hurd's Sustainable Communities Act, which began a serious move towards giving local communities and local governments more of the power held by central government.
Oliver is involved with numerous charities, including the Social Mobility Foundation (of which he is a trustee and former chairman).
Chapel House, Dorchester Road, Maiden Newton, Dorset , DT2 0BG
Date of Birth
19 May 1956
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA