After the 2010 general election he became minister of state at the Department for International Development, a role he maintained until 2014.
In July 2002 he became the first ever Conservative MP to declare openly that he is gay. In July 2008 he became the first Conservative politician to enter into a civil partnership. His 1995 book ‘Saturn’s Children’: How the state devours liberty, prosperity and virtue is regarded as a seminal work. It argued that the steady growth of the state over the last century has made Britain less free, less rich and less moral.
It was his campaign skills which secured the election of William Hague as Leader in 1997 following the resignation of John Major after seven years as Prime Minister. He has held a series of posts in the Shadow Cabinet, including International Development, Transport and now Trade & Industry.
A popular figure on TV and radio, he is now one of the inner core of senior Conservatives who are realigning the party under its new leader, David Cameron.
The middle son of an officer in the RAF who served with NATO for most of his career, Alan was educated at Oxford University, where he read politics & economics, and then later as a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard.
After an initial period with Shell, he spent over ten years as an oil trader with Marc Rich, and is regarded as the Conservative Party’s most informed pundit on the politics of the Middle East.
Since 1992 he has been the MP for Rutland & Melton, a traditional rural area in the middle of England, about 100 miles north of London.
Constituency: Rutland and Melton
Constituency Address: Office of Alan Duncan MP
33 High Street
Constituency Tel: 01664 411 211
Date of Birth: 31 March 1957
Personal Website: http://www.alanduncan.org.uk/
Westminster Address: Alan Duncan MP
House of Commons
Westminster Tel: 0202 7219 5204
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alan-Duncan/150454050066