One of the most prominent politicians of recent times, Iain Duncan Smith is the former Conservative leader who was the leader of the opposition between 2001-2003. In a distinguished career spanning over 25 years, he held some of the most senior governmental roles in the UK.
Prior to joining the Conservative Party in 1981, Duncan Smith joined the Merchant Navy training school where he would play rugby alongside former England Rugby World Cup-winning manager, Sir Clive Woodward. He would then be sent to serve in the Scots Guards. His six years of service saw him promoted to the role of lieutenant and feature as the aide-de-camp to Major John Acland; the high ranking officer charged with monitoring the ceasefire in Northern Ireland during the general elections.
Duncan Smith first contested the seat of Bradford West in 1987 but Labour kept the constituency red, before he tried his luck once more, this time at the 1992 general election where he stood for Chingford, London and won.
As a Eurosceptic, Duncan Smith clashed with the then Prime Minister, John Major over his pro-European stance. But once William Hague assumed the party leadership, Duncan Smith was promoted to the position of Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security in 1997. Duncan Smith would become Shadow Secretary of State for Defence in 1999 before winning the 2001 leadership contest, assuming responsibility as the leader of the Conservative Party.
He would return to the backbenches in the mid-2000s where he created the Centre for Social Justice in 2004 and chaired the Social Justice Policy Group from 2005 until 2010. His return to the front came under David Cameron in 2010 when he would be appointed Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, a position he served between 2010-2016. Duncan Smith would play a key role in welfare reforms over the years, as he uncovered the Universal Credit system and reformed the disability benefits policy. Recently in 2020, Iain was knighted in the 2020 New Years Honours for his services to political and public services.
A political speaker who has become a renowned authority on Brexit, immigration, social, work, policy reform and other issues, Iain Duncan Smith offers conference and keynote presentations that deliver the insight and practical advice of an established British MP.
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When he’s at corporate events, Iain is known to cover the following topics:
- Defence & Security
- Brexit & The European Union
- Conservative Policy
See what people had to say about Iain, when he appeared at their corporate events:
“Iain Duncan Smith combines wit and extensive knowledge of the British political scene to deliver impeccably informative and enlightening speeches. A key player in employment regulation and governance, as well as a keen advocacy of Brexit, means that few people are better placed to discuss current political affairs to a wide range of audiences.” – Will Smith, Head of Marketing & Business Development, Fischer Energy
“Everything went really well and Iain was very well received by our audience. He arrived on time, was happy to have photographs and his presentation was perfectly pitched for our business audience. Thank you for all of your help with organising and please pass on our thanks to Iain for his time.” – Chris Nagle, Events & Marketing Manager, Chamber of Commerce