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Rt Hon David Willetts MP (1974)


David attended King Edward's School from 1967 until 1974 before studying philosophy, politics and economics at Christ Church, Oxford.

David began his career in Parliament as the MP for Havant in 1992. He served as Paymaster General and then in the Shadow Cabinet in a range of roles, including Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Shadow Secretary for Education and Skills, and Shadow Secretary for Innovation, Universities and Skills. He has also worked at HM Treasury and in the Number 10 Policy Unit. David was appointed Minister for Universities and Science in May 2010.

David was a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, is a 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. In 2011 he published a book, ‘The Pinch: How the baby boomers took their children's future - and why they should give it back'.

Why I am supporting the AP100 Campaign

Attending King Edward's was a very important time in my life. I am a strong believer in the power of social mobility to transform lives and I am delighted that King Edward's is launching this Campaign to ensure that the brightest boys across Birmingham are able to attend this great school. I am very grateful to all those who have supported the Campaign so far and, indeed, to those who will in the future.