Oliver Letwin

Oliver Letwin ( born May 19, 1956 in Hampstead, London Borough of Camden ) is a British politician and the Conservative Party since May 2010 Minister of State to the Prime Minister (Minister of State at the Cabinet Office ) and his political adviser.


The son of a professor at the London School of Economics studied after attending the Hall School in Hampstead and Eton College at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. He then completed a postgraduate course at the London Business School and graduated with a Philosophiae Doctor ( Ph.D. ) from. After graduating, he was a guest scholar in 1980 ( Visiting Fellow ) at Princeton University before he (Research Fellow ) was after his return research scholar at Darwin College, University of Cambridge.

After working as a member of the Political consulting team of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher from 1983 to 1986, he worked as a director at the merchant bank NM Rothschild & Sons from 1991 to 1997 and wrote about it, several books such as Ethics, Emotion and the Unity of the Self, Privatising the World and The Purpose of Politics.

After he was a candidate in the general election in 1987 and 1992 in the constituencies Hackney North and Hampstead and Highgate, he was elected at the 1997 General Election as a candidate of the Conservative Party for the first time as a deputy of the lower house (House of Commons ) and represents in this since the constituency of West Dorset.

In September 2000, he was first a member of the Conservative shadow cabinet and was initially "shadow chief secretary to the Treasury ," before he between September 2001 and November 2003, " shadow home secretary ." After a subsequent activity as " Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer " he was from May to December 2005 ", Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ". He subsequently took place between December 2005 and May 2010, the newly created Office of the Chairman of the Policy Review, the influential think tank in the first shadow cabinet of the new chairman of the Conservative Party, David Cameron.

After the electoral victory of the Conservative Party in the general election in 2010 he was on 12 May 2010 by Prime Minister David Cameron for Minister of State to the Prime Minister (Minister of State at the Cabinet Office ) called and participates as its political adviser in the meetings of the Cabinet. Letwin is considered the inventor of the concept of a Big Society, which was also the central theme of the election campaign of his party.