Oliver Dowden

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Born1 August 1978
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge/Trinity Hall
SpouseBlythe Dowden
Member ofHill & Knowlton Strategies
PR-company Hill and Knowlton, then UK media minister

Employment.png Chairman of the Conservative Party Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
15 September 2021 - Present
Appointed byBoris Johnson
Serving with Ben Elliot

Employment.png Minister without Portfolio Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
15 September 2021 - Present

Employment.png UK/Secretary of State for Digital Culture Media and Sport

In office
13 February 2020 - 15 September 2021
Preceded byNicky Morgan
Succeeded byNadine Dorries

Employment.png UK/Minister for the Cabinet Office

In office
24 July 2019 - 13 February 2020

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Hertsmere

In office
7 May 2015 - Present

Oliver James Dowden [1] was deputy campaigns director of the Conservative Party before joining the infamous lobbying firm Hill and Knowlton in 2007. He was Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from 2020 to 2021.


He studied Law at Cambridge.


Dowden joined the Conservative Research Department in 2004, moving to PR company Hill & Knowlton in 2007, before returning to the Conservative Party in 2009.[2]

He then worked as a special adviser and David Cameron's deputy chief of staff, where he said most of his time was spent on "day-to-day crisis management".[3][4] Dowden was regarded as having expertise in the attacking form of political communications, leading to comparisons with Alastair Campbell.

He was elected MP for Hertsmere in the 2015 general election, with a majority of 18,461 votes.[5]

While standing as an MP, among the policy priorities Dowden highlighted in his campaign were improving transport infrastructure, preserving green belt land and improving education.[6] Dowden opposed Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[7]

In January 2018, Dowden was promoted to Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office, as part of Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle.[8]

Appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General by incoming Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 24 July 2019, Dowden was sworn of the Privy Council the next day.[9]

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

On 13 February 2020, Dowden was appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, succeeding Baroness Morgan of Cotes, who resigned from HM Cabinet.[10]

On 10 September 2021, he said that Vaccine passports should be used for future public health emergencies.[11]


He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 Dissolution Honours List on 27 August 2015.[12]