Iain Duncan Smith

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IDS, one of John Major's 'bastards'
BornGeorge Iain Duncan Smith
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Alma materUniversity for Foreigners Perugia, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
ReligionRoman Catholicism
SpouseBetsy Fremantle
Member ofBruges Group, Conservative Friends of Israel, Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China

Employment.png Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
12 May 2010 - 18 March 2016
Preceded byYvette Cooper
Succeeded byStephen Crabb

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In office
13 September 2001 - 6 November 2003
Preceded byWilliam Hague
Succeeded byMichael Howard

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In office
13 September 2001 - 6 November 2003
DeputyMichael Ancram
Preceded byWilliam Hague
Succeeded byMichael Howard

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In office
15 June 1999 - 13 September 2001

Iain Duncan Smith (born 9 April 1954), often referred to by his initials IDS, is a British Conservative Party politician. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2010 to 2016, he was previously the Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition from 2001 to 2003. He lost a vote of confidence in October 2003 and stepped down eight days later, with Michael Howard taking up the post.

IDS was first elected to House of Commons at the 1992 General Election as the MP for Chingford (replacing Norman Tebbit) – which he represented until the constituency's abolition in 1997. He has represented its successor constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green ever since.[1][2]

On 24 January 2017, IDS responded to that day's ruling by the Supreme Court that the Government must seek the approval of MPs before commencing Brexit, saying:

“I’m disappointed that they’ve decided to tell Parliament how to run its business. After all there was a vote before in December. They’ve stepped into new territory here where they’ve actually told Parliament not just that they should do something but what they should do.”

His response was immediately challenged by The Secret Barrister, a lawyer who has previously sparred with the former Cabinet member.[3][4]


Iain Duncan Smith supported the launching of a pre-emptive attack on Iraq, prior to the 2003 invasion, because he argued 'It is now time for the prime minister to explain to the British people what he already knows - that Iraq is a clear and growing danger to Britain.'[5]

Personal Wealth

The Liberal/Conservative coalition government of 2010 has been describes as a 'coalition of millionaires' because 23 of its 29 MP's who are entitled to attend Cabinet meetings have assets and investments estimated to be worth more than £1 million. Iain Duncan Smith is one of the 23 millionaires[6]




An appointment by Iain Duncan Smith

John BercowShadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury18 September 200123 July 2002


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