Instead Peter Mandelson's secretive and backroom method of striking deals has backfired, damaging the retail clothing business and short changing the consumerUK Secretary lambasts EU textile dispute Aug 25, 2005
Labor has made life harder for manufacturers, asking them to shoulder heavier burdens at a time when competing in the global economy is getting harderBritish joblessness up for fourth month Jun 16, 2005
David Linsay Willetts (born 9 March 1956) is a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he is currently the Minister of State for Universities and Science, and a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the constituency of Havant in Hampshire. He has also seen controversy over his scathing remarks on the Labour Party's foreign policy.
Willetts was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, and Christ Church, Oxford, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Having served as Nigel Lawson's private researcher, Willetts took charge of the Treasury monetary policy division at 26 before moving over to Margaret Thatcher's Policy Unit at 28. Aged 31, he subsequently took over the Centre for Policy Studies. He offended students by insinuating that they did not understand how tuition fees worked.