Oliver Dowden

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Oliver Dowden

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Minister for Implementation
Assumed office
9 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byCaroline Nokes
Member of Parliament
for Hertsmere
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byJames Clappison
Majority16,951 (31.4%)
Personal details
Born (1978-08-01) 1 August 1978 (age 40)
Park Street, Hertfordshire, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Blythe Dowden
Alma materTrinity Hall, Cambridge
Professionpolitical special adviser at CCHQ and 10 Downing Street

Oliver James Dowden[1] CBE MP is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hertsmere in Hertfordshire since May 2015,[2] and since January 2018 has served as Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office.

Early life and education[edit]

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]


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]

Personal life[edit]

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.[8]


  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. ^ Prime Minister's Office (27 August 2015). "Press release Dissolution Honours 2015". Gov.uk. Retrieved 30 August 2015.

External links[edit]

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