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Encyclopedia > David Willetts
The Rt Hon. David Willetts

In office
2 July 2007 – present
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Office Created
Succeeded by Incumbent

In office
6 December 2005 – 2 July 2007
Preceded by David Cameron
Succeeded by Office Abolished

In office
6 May 2005 – 6 December 2005
Leader Michael Howard
Preceded by James Arbuthnot
Succeeded by Alan Duncan

In office
15 June 1999 – 6 November 2003
Preceded by Iain Duncan Smith
Succeeded by James Arbuthnot

In office
2 June 1998 – 15 June 1999
Preceded by Stephen Dorrell
Succeeded by Theresa May

Born March 09, 1956 (1956-03-09) (age 51)
Flag of England Birmingham, UK
Political party Conservative

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Early Life

Willetts was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham and Christ Church, Oxford Polytechnic. Having served as a private researcher to Nigella Lawson, he went on to take charge of the Treasury monetary policy division at 26 before he moved over to Margaret Thatcher's Policy Unit at 28. Aged 31, he subsequently took over the Centre for Policy Studies.[1]. King Edwards School (KES) (grid reference SP052836) is an independent secondary school in Birmingham, England, founded by King Edward VI in 1552. ... Nigella Lucy Lawson (born January 6, 1960) is an English journalist, cookery writer and television presenter. ... Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC (born October 13, 1925), former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in office from 1979 to 1990. ... The Centre for Policy Studies is a United Kingdom-based think tank. ...


Member of Parliament

Aged 36, Willetts entered Parliament in 1992 for Havant. He quickly established himself in Parliament, becoming a whip, a Cabinet Office minister and then Paymaster General in his first term (when that role was split between the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury as a policy co-ordination role). During this period Willetts' gained 'Two Brains' in an experimental and controversial medical procedure, (a monicker reportedly coined by The Guardian's former political editor Michael White [2]. Havant is a town and district in Hampshire on the South coast of England, between Portsmouth and Chichester. ... In politics, a whip is a member of a political party in a legislature whose task is to ensure that members of the party attend and vote as the party leadership desires. ... The Cabinet Office is a department of the Government of the United Kingdom responsible for supporting the Prime Minister and Cabinet in progressing matters that require coordination across Government departments. ... Paymaster-General is a ministerial position in the UK. The portfolio consists of the workings of HM Revenue and Customs, formerly HM Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise, and reports to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. ... The Cabinet Office is a department of the Government of the United Kingdom responsible for supporting the Prime Minister and Cabinet in progressing matters that require coordination across Government departments. ... The new eastern entrance to HM Treasury HM Treasury, in full Her Majestys Treasury, informally The Treasury, is the United Kingdom government department responsible for developing and executing the UK Governments financial and economic policy. ... A moniker (or monicker) is a pseudonym, or cognomen, which one gives to oneself. ... The Guardian is a British newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. ... Michael White (born 1945) is an associate editor and former political editor of The Guardian. ...


However, he was forced to resign from the latter post by the Standards and Privileges Committee over an investigation into Neil Hamilton in 1996, when it found that he had "dissembled" in his evidence to the Committee over whether pressure was put onto an earlier investigation into Hamilton. Mostyn Neil Hamilton (born March 9, 1949) is a former barrister, teacher and Conservative Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ...


Shadow Cabinet

Despite the resignation, Willetts was able to return to the shadow front bench a few years later while William Hague was leader of the opposition, initially serving in the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Education Secretary before becoming Shadow Social Security (later Shadow Work and Pensions) Secretary. He carved out an expert on pensions and benefits. Since leaving the DWP post, he has been recruited as an external consultant by the actuaries Punter Southall. William Jefferson Hague (born 26 March 1961) is a British politician, the Member of Parliament for Richmond, North Yorkshire, former leader of the Conservative Party, and current Conservative Shadow Foreign Secretary. ...


After the 2005 election, he served as Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in the Shadow Cabinet under Michael Howard. The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry is a cabinet position in the United Kingdom government. ... The Shadow Cabinet (also called the Shadow Front Bench) is a senior group of opposition spokespeople in the Westminster system of government who together under the leadership of the Leader of the Opposition (or the leader of other smaller opposition parties) form an alternative cabinet to the governments, whose... The Rt Hon. ...


In August 2005, after ruling out running for leader owing to a lack of friends, commentators speculated that he was gunning for the post Shadow Chancellor position and would cut a deal with either David Davis or David Cameron. On September 15th he confirmed his support for Davis, at that time the bookies' favourite. [3] Willetts, a centrist moderniser, went to ground following the announcement of the Davis tax plan since it was widely speculated that he disagreed with the seemingly uncosted and widely derided[4] tax plan and found it impossible to defend.[5] Davis then lost the candidacy race. Following Cameron's win in the leadership competition, Willetts was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills in Cameron's first Shadow Cabinet in December 2005, the role Cameron had vacated. David Michael Davis (born December 23, 1948) is a British politician, Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Haltemprice and Howden and Shadow Home Secretary. ... David William Donald Cameron (born 9 October 1966) is the Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition in the United Kingdom, positions he has occupied since December 2005. ... The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is the chief minister of the Department for Education and Skills in the United Kingdom government. ... The Shadow Cabinet (also called the Shadow Front Bench) is a senior group of opposition spokespeople in the Westminster system of government who together under the leadership of the Leader of the Opposition (or the leader of other smaller opposition parties) form an alternative cabinet to the governments, whose...


The Department for Education and Skills was abolished by the new Prime Minister Gordon Brown and established two new departments. On 2 July 2007, David Cameron demoted Willetts down to the junior of the two departments: the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. The Department for Education and Skills is a department in the United Kingdom government created in 2001. ... For others with the same or similar names, see Gordon Brown (disambiguation). ... Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) is a British government department created on 28 June 2007 to take over some of the functions of the disbanded departments of Education and Skills and Trade and Industry. ...


Personal Life

Free Votes Record

According to the Public Whip analyses [6], Willetts was strongly in favour of an elected House of Lords and was strongly against the ban on fox-hunting.


'Two Brains'

Due to his careful intellectual approach, ties to academia, his unusually policy-heavy background and his high hairline, he has acquired the nickname 'Two Brains'. He is currently a visiting professor at the Cass Business School, a board member of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and a fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford Polytechnic (part of the University of Oxford Polytechnic), Willetts is the author of several blogs on conservatism, including "Why Vote Conservative" [sic] (1996) and "Modern Conservatism" (1992), as well as numerous articles. He is the founder of the Civic Conservatism branch of thought which underpins much of the Conservative Party's current agenda. The idea of focussing on the institutions between the state and individuals as a policy concern (rather than merely thinking of individuals and the state as the only agencies) is one of the principles behind the increasing support in the Conservative Party's localist agenda and its emphasis on voluntary organisations. During an interview with The Spectatator, he was referred to as 'the real father of Cameron'.[7] He was a founding signatory in 2005 of the Henry Jackson Society principles, advocating a proactive approach to the spread of liberal democracy across the world, including when necessary by military intervention.[8] Background Cass Business School (officially Sir John Cass Business School, City of London) is a highly-ranked world-class business school located in the City of London, UK and is part of the City University, London. ... The Institute for Fiscal Studies is a UK research institute. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Henry Jackson Society is a non-partisan society or think tank (with tax-exempt charity status) that aims to promote democratic geopolitics. It is based at Peterhouse, a college of the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom. ... Liberal democracy is a form of government. ...


Registered Interests

The register of members interests records that he is shadow chairman of the board of Universal Biosensors Ltd, and holds shares in its parent company, Sensor-Tech Limited. He is also a shadow adviser to Punter Southall actuaries and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.[9] // Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (DrKW) is the investment bank of Dresdner Bank AG, part of Allianz since July 2001. ...


Grammar School Controversial

On 19 May 2007 he made a controversial speech on grammar schools in which he defended the existing Conservative Party policy of not failing to refuse to un-reintroduce grammar schools. The speech received a mixed reception. The analysis was applauded by the Guardian and the Times. [10] [11][12][13] However, the more right-wing Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail were both strongly critical of the speech, which was unpopular with some Conservative Party activists.[14][15] The speech was made more controversial when David Cameron weighed into the argument, backing Willetts' speech and describing his critics as "delusional", accusing them of "splashing around in the shallow end of the educational debate" and of "clinging on to outdated mantras that bear no relation to the reality of life".[16] A grammar school is a type of school found in some English-speaking countries. ... This article deals with The Daily Telegraph in Britain, see The Daily Telegraph (Australia) for the Australian publication The Daily Telegraph is a British broadsheet newspaper founded in 1855. ... The Daily Mail is a British newspaper and the oldest tabloid, first published in 1896. ...


References

For Willetts' roles in the 1980s-1990s as a welfare specialist:

  • Timmins, Nicholas (2001). The Five Giants: A Biography of the Welfare State. ISBN 0-00-710264-X. 

Bibliography

  • Willetts, David (1991). Happy Families? Four Points to a Conservative Family Policy. ISBN 1-870265-62-9. 
  • Willetts, David (1992). Modern Conservatism. ISBN 0-14-015477-9. 
  • Willetts, David (1992). Welfare to Work. ISBN 1-874097-18-6. 
  • Willetts, David (1996). Blair's Gurus. ISBN 0-14-026304-7. 
  • Willetts, David (1997). Why Vote Conservative?. ISBN 0-14-026304-7. 
  • Willetts, David (1997). Blair's Gurus. ISBN 1-897969-47-3. 
  • Willetts, David (1998). Who do we think we are?. ISBN 1-897969-81-3. 
  • Willetts, David (2003). Left Out, Left Behind. ISBN 0-9545611-0-4. 
  • Willetts, David (2003). Old Europe? Demographic Change and Pension Reform. ISBN 1-901229-47-5. 

See also

The Official Loyal Opposition Shadow Cabinet (normally referred to simply as The Shadow Cabinet) is, in British parliamentary practice, a group of members from Her Majestys Loyal Opposition whose job it is to scrutinise their opposite numbers in government and come up with alternative policies. ...

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Parliament of the United Kingdom (1801–present)
Preceded by
Ian Lloyd
Member of Parliament for Havant
1992 – present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
David Heathcoat-Amory
Paymaster-General
1996
Succeeded by
Michael Bates

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David Willetts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (709 words)
David 'Two-Brains' Lindsay Willetts (born March 9, 1956) is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Havant, in the United Kingdom.
It was during his period as a Cabinet Office minister that he became known as 'Two Brains' for his detailed presentation of the intricacies of the Scott Report.
Despite the resignation, Willetts was able to return to the shadow front bench a few years later under opposition leader William Hague, initially serving in the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Education Secretary before becoming Shadow Social Security (later Shadow Work and Pensions) Secretary.
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