MPs: Oliver Letwin MP; William of Dartmouth 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-).
Characteristics - N/a.

Business Tel: 020 7219 0826


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


South West (European Parliament)

Earl William of Dartmouth MEP (UK Independence)

MEP Since - 2009 Born - 23/09/49. 10th Earl of Dartmouth.
Education - Eton. Christchurch College, Oxford. Harvard Business School.
Previous Occupation - Chartered Accountant, working in the United Arab Emirates (1975-77). Worked in the US for 6 years before returning to work in the UK in 1983 in finance, property and communications. Director, Hanson Transport. Chairman and Founder of Kirklees Cable.

Personal Overview - Former Conservative Peer who defected to the UK Independence party successfully gained election to the European Parliament at the 2009 elections. From a background in accountancy, he has worked in several countries, including the United Arab Emirates and US. A former Hereditary Peer, he lost his seat in the House of Lords in November 1999 in the Lords reforms of that year. Having reinvented himself as a UK Independence member he has the opportunity to use his accountancy skills to highlight any financial issues within the EU.

Political History - General Election candidate (Conservative) for Leigh (February 1974), Stockport South (October 1974). Succeeded his father to became a member of the House of Lords (1997-99). European Parliament candidate (1999). Joined the UK Independence Party (2007). Current prospective parliamentary candidate for Exeter. MEP South West Region (2009-). Member of the Committee on International Trade (2009-). Substitute member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Other Information - At Oxford he was elected Secretary of the Oxford Union.
Intergroups - N/a.

Business Tel: 32(0)2 28 49735


Interests: Business & Finance

Commitee membership
  • Foreign Affairs (Substitute)
  • International Trade (Member)


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