MPs: Oliver Letwin MP; Molly Scott Cato MEP;

West Dorset (House of Commons)

Rt Hon. Oliver Letwin MP (Conservative)

Surgery: Chapel House
Dorchester Road
Maiden Newton

Surgery Tel: 01308 456 891

MP Since - 1997 Majority - 3,923 Born - 19/05/1956. Married, 1 son, 1 daughter.

Education - Eton College, Trinity College, Cambridge, London Business School.

Previous Occupation - - Editor of the Cambridge Review (1978-81). Visiting Fellow at Princetown University (1980-81), Research Fellow at Darwin College, Cambridge (1981-82), Advisor to Sir Keith Joseph , Secretary of State for Education (1982-83), Special Advisor to the Prime Minister's Policy Unit (1983-86), Manager and Director in Corporate Finance at Rothschild & Son Merchant Bank (1986-2003).
Personal Overview - Has business and journalistic experience. He has also been an advisor to several senior Conservative figures, including at Downing Street at the time of the development of the idea of the Community Charge (Poll Tax). He moved from a Constitutional Affairs brief to enter the Shadow Cabinet for the first time in September 2000 as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. His election campaign was a marked by his absence from front-line duty after his remarks about Conservative ambitions to proportionally lower public spending. Advanced to become Shadow Home Secretary after the Duncan Smith leadership win, his immediate performance was lacklustre, without the intellectual underpinning evident in his more recent public pronouncements. Setting his course against the Widdecombe tendency he has moved Conservative policy back towards the centre ground. He has a Portillo-like experience of political loss, having failed to retain the Hampstead & Highgate seat for the Conservatives against the candidacy of Glenda Jackson in the 1992 General Election. Was promoted into one of the major Opposition set piece roles in November 2003 as Shadow Chancellor, a move which gave him the opportunity to make his mark as a key party figure. However the marginality of his seat at the 2005 General Election limited the amount of time which he could spend in the limelight. With a role as Policy Director, is likely to be a key strategy developing figure under the David Cameron leadership. Entered Government in 2010 as a Cabinet Office Minister and is likely to remain an influential figure in policy circles behind the scenes.

Political History - Parliamentary Candidate, Hackney North (1987), Hampstead & HIghgate (1992), MP West Dorset (1997-). Chairman of the Conservative Home Affairs/Constitutional/Culture/Media/Sport Committee (2001-03), Conservative Party Economic Affairs Co-ordinator (2003-). Member of the Deregulation Select Committee (1998-99). Constitutional Affairs Spokesman (1998-99), Opposition Treasury Spokesman (1999-2000). Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury (2000-01). Shadow Home Secretary (2001-03), Shadow Secretary of State for Economic Affairs & Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (2003-05). Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (2005). Chairman of the Policy Review & the Conservative Research Department (2005-10). Minister of State at the Cabinet Office (Minister for Government Policy - providing policy advice to the Prime Minister) (2010-). Lord Privy Seal (2014-).
Characteristics - N/a.

Business Tel: 020 7219 0826


Interests: General Economy,Education & Training,Employment,Microeconomic Policy


South West (European Parliament)

Dr Molly Scott Cato MEP (Green)

MEP Since - 2014. Born - 1963. 3 Children.
Education - Bath High School. Oxford University, MA Politics, Philosophy and Economics. University of Wales, Aberystwyth, PhD in Economics. The Open University, MSc in Advanced Social Research Methods.
Previous Occupation - Director of Wales Institute for Research into Co-operatives. Reader in Green Economics at the Cardiff School of Management (2008-12). Professor of Strategy and Sustainability in the Business School, University of Roehampton (2012-14).

Personal Overview - From an academic background, her main focus has been on the 'Green Economy' and associated issues of trade, work, money and cooperatives with an objective of replacing capitalism with an economic system which is benign for people and the planet. Although working in London at the University of Roehampton prior to her election, she is originally from Bath and has lived in Stroud where she has been a District Councillor and active in the Green Party for over 20 years. In the local area she has also been active as a member of the core group of 'Transition Stroud', a group working on the transition to a locally based low carbon lifestyle, where she has co-ordinated its Lifestyles and Livelihoods working group. She is likely to favour a more locally orientated economy, where CO2 emissions are reduced with less goods being transported long distances, promoting local employment and supporting activities such as Farmers' markets. She has also been commissioned to produce research which has included a report for the Association of Green Councillors on the subject of Using Best Value to Encourage Green Procurement in Local Authorities.

Political History - Joined the Green Party (1988). She has been Co-Chair of the Green Party Regional Council and served on the Green Party Executive as Campaigns Co-ordinator. Green Party General Election candidate for Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency (1997 and 2005). European Election candidate, twice in Wales, South West Region (2009). Councillor, Stroud District Council (2011-). Green Group Leader (2012-14). Has been a Spokesperson for the Green Party on Economics. MEP South West Region (2014-). Member of the Delegation for relations with Mercosur (2014-). Member of the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (2014-). Substitute member of the Delegation for relations with the Federative Republic of Brazil (2014-). Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (2014-). Substitute member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (2014-).

Other Information - Has been a member of the core group of Stroud Community Agriculture and a Director of Stroud Common Wealth. Author of a book, Market, Schmarket.

Intergroups - N/a.

Business Tel: +32(0)2 28 45737


Interests: Environment,Agriculture,General Trade & Industry,Climate Change,Education & Training,Uk Economy,Employment

Commitee membership
  • Agriculture & Rural Development (Substitute)
  • Economic & Monetary Affairs (Member)


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