Rt Hon Lord David Willetts (Doctor of Laws)

Friday 15 July, 11 am

The Rt Hon Lord David Willetts served as Minister for Universities and Science from 2010 to 2014 and as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Havant until 2015. He was educated at King Edward’s School, Birmingham, and Christ Church, Oxford, where he read PPE.  He joined the Civil Service and after working as Nigel Lawson’s private researcher, took charge of the Treasury Monetary Policy division.   He was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit and then took over the Centre for Policy Studies.  He entered Parliament in 1992 as MP for Havant, and thereafter served as a Whip, a Cabinet Office Minister and then Paymaster General under John Major. He served in the Shadow Front Bench under William Hague and as Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills in David Cameron's first Shadow Cabinet, later becoming Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills.  After the 2010 General Election he was appointed Minister for Universities and Science, attending Cabinet, a role he held until 2014.   He was made a Life Peer in the 2015 Dissolution Honours and created Baron Willetts of Havant in Hampshire in October 2015.    He is currently Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation, a Visiting Professor at King's College London, Governor of the Ditchley Foundation and a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.  He has written widely on economic and social policy; his published works include Modern Conservatism (1992), Left Out, Left Behind (2003), Old Europe? Demographic Change and Pension Reform (2003), Conservatives in Birmingham (2008), most recently, The Pinch (2010).

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