Oliver Dowden

Oliver Dowden
Minister for Implementation
Assumed office
9 January 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May
Minister David Lidington
Preceded by Chris Skidmore
Member of Parliament
for Hertsmere
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded by James Clappison
Majority 16,951 (31.4%)
Personal details
Born (1978-08-01) 1 August 1978
Park Street, Hertfordshire, England
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Blythe Dowden
Children 2
Alma mater Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Profession political 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

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

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. 1 2 "About Oliver Dowden". Oliverdowden.com. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  4. 1 2 3 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.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Clappison
Member of Parliament
for Hertsmere


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