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Tuesday, 22 October, 2002, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK
David Willetts
David Willetts

Date of birth

9 March 1956

Political profile

David Willetts is regularly celebrated as the most intelligent MP in the Conservative party, with the admiring nickname "Two Brains".

He has very strong credentials as a policy expert, a fact recognised by Michael Howard when he appointed him Head of Policy Co-Ordination for the Party, as well as Shadow Secretary of State for Work & Pensions.

Willetts spent his early career as a Treasury civil servant, before joining the Prime Minister's Policy Unit under Margaret Thatcher.

He subsequently became director of research for a right wing think tank, the Centre for Policy Studies.

He is also a prolific author on Conservative philosophy.

After his election in 1992, he enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks, but came unstuck when the Standards and Privileges Committee criticised his role as a whip in the proceedings of an investigation into Neil Hamilton.

He later returned to the frontbench until he entered William Hague's shadow Cabinet as Shadow Education and Employment Secretary.

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