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Oliver James Dowden CBE is a British politician serving as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General since 2019. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hertsmere since 2015.[1][2]


Oliver Dowden

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Minister for the Cabinet Office
Paymaster General
Assumed office
24 July 2019
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byDavid Lidington (as Minister for the Cabinet Office)
Jesse Norman (as Paymaster General)
Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office
In office
9 January 2018 – 24 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byCaroline Nokes
Succeeded bySimon Hart
Member of Parliament
for Hertsmere
In office
7 May 2015 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byJames Clappison
Succeeded byElection in progress
Majority16,951 (31.4%)
Personal details
Born (1978-08-01) 1 August 1978 (age 41)[citation needed]
Park Street, Hertfordshire, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Blythe Dowden
Children2
Alma materTrinity Hall, Cambridge
ProfessionPolitical special adviser at the CCHQ and 10 Downing Street

Early life and educationEdit

Dowden grew up in Bricket Wood and was educated at Parmiter's School, a state comprehensive school in Garston in Hertfordshire,[3] followed by Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he studied Law.[4]

CareerEdit

Known as one of the brightest political strategists, Dowden joined the Conservative Research Department in 2004, moving to PR company Hill & Knowlton in 2007, before returning to the Conservative party in 2009.[5] Prior to his selection as Conservative candidate for Hertsmere, he worked as a special adviser, and David Cameron's deputy chief of staff.[4]

Dowden was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[6]

In January 2018, Dowden was promoted to Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office, as part of Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle.[7] On 24 July 2019 he was made Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General by incoming Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He was appointed to the Privy Council the next day.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Dowden is married and has two children.[3][4] He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 Dissolution Honours Lists on 27 August 2015.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9122.
  2. ^ "Hertsmere parliamentary constituency – Election 2015". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b "About Oliver Dowden". Oliverdowden.com. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Oliphant, Victoria (8 October 2014). "'This is like coming home' – Oliver Dowden announced as Conservative candidate for Hertsmere". Borehamwood Times. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  5. ^ Merrick, Jane (14 October 2012). "'Olive' in charge after No 10 shake-up". The Independent. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  6. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  7. ^ http://www.whtimes.co.uk/news/hertsmere-mp-oliver-dowden-promoted-in-cabinet-reshuffle-1-5348961
  8. ^ "ORDERS APPROVED AND BUSINESS TRANSACTED AT THE PRIVY COUNCIL HELD BY THE QUEEN AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE ON 25TH JULY 2019" (PDF). Privy Council Office. 2019.
  9. ^ Prime Minister's Office (27 August 2015). "Press release Dissolution Honours 2015". Gov.uk. Retrieved 30 August 2015.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Clappison
Member of Parliament
for Hertsmere

2015-2019
Succeeded by
Election in progress