About Alan

Alan was born in 1957, the son of an RAF officer, and educated at Beechwood Park School, Herts, and Merchant Taylors' School before going on to read Politics and Economics at St John's College, Oxford.

Elected President of the Oxford Union in 1979, Alan went on to win a Kennedy Scholarship at Harvard University following an initial period working for Shell.

After living in Singapore between 1984 and 1986 and travelling widely during his time as an oil trader for an independent commodity company, Alan returned to contest the Barnsley West and Penistone seat in the 1987 General Election, before being elected for as MP for Rutland and Melton in 1992. He was subsequently re-elected in 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010 and 2015.

Having spearheaded William Hague's successful campaign for the Conservative leadership in 1997, Alan went on to hold a raft of Shadow Cabinet positions and become renowned as a

modernising force within the party, encouraging a more socially and economically liberal approach. A respected voice on the Middle East within the party, Alan travelled extensively in the region. As the first ever openly gay Conservative MP he was at the forefront of the party's efforts to enact the Civil Partnership Bill.

Alan served as Minister of State for International Development from the formation of the Coalition Government in 2010 to 2014.

In July 2014 Alan was knighted, becoming a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG).

Since July 2016, Alan has served as Minister of State for Europe and the Americas.

Alan Duncan


  • Jul 2016

    Alan is appointed Minister for Europe and the Americas

  • Jul 2014

    Alan is awarded a diplomatic knighthood (KCMG).

  • May 2010

    Alan is invited to join the Privy Council.

  • May 2010

    Alan is re-elected in his Rutland & Melton seat with an increased majority. The new Prime Minister appoints Alan as the Minister for International Development.

  • Sep 2009

    Alan is appointed as Shadow Minster for Prisons and Probation.

  • Jan 2009

    David Cameron appoints Alan Shadow Leader of the House.

  • Jul 2007

    Alan is appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

  • May 2005

    Michael Howard appoints Alan as Shadow Secretary of State for Transport.

  • Mar 2004

    Alan takes over the real life of a youth worker, and goes outward bound in Wales with eight 12-16 year olds from a tough Manchester housing estate.

  • Jun 2002

    Alan Duncan tours the Middle East, meeting Yasser Arafat & Shimon Peres.

  • Sep 2001

    Alan is appointed to Shadow Foreign Office team as Shadow Foreign Minister for the Americas, the Middle East and the Indian Sub-Continent.

  • Jun 1999

    Alan is made Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry.

  • Mar 1999

    Alan delivers speech to Social Market Foundation outlining the Conservatives' radical new policy on healthcare.

  • Jun 1998

    Alan is made Shadow Health Minister under Ann Widdecombe.

  • Sep 1997

    Alan is one of the main campaign organisers for William Hague's successful leadership election.

  • Jan 1997

    Alan’s Beware Blair! is published, warning of the dangers of New Labour.

  • Nov 1995

    Alan makes a citizen's arrest after protesters throw paint bombs at Tory Party Chairman Brian Mawhinney.

  • Jan 1995

    Saturn’s Children, How the State Devours Liberty, Prosperity and Virtue, co-written with Dominic Hobson, is published.

  • Jan 1993

    The pamphlet, An End to Illusions, calling for the first time for the independence of the Bank of England, is published.

  • Apr 1992

    Alan wins the Rutland and Melton constituency for the first time.