Peter Duncan (British politician)

Peter John Duncan (born 10 July 1965) is a Conservative Party politician in the UK. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale from 2001 to 2005.

Peter Duncan
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Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
10 November 2003 – 5 May 2005
LeaderMichael Howard
Preceded byJacqui Lait
Succeeded byJames Gray
Member of Parliament
for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
In office
7 June 2001 – 11 April 2005
Preceded byAlasdair Morgan
Succeeded byconstituency abolished
Personal details
Peter John Duncan

(1965-07-10) 10 July 1965 (age 54)
Saltcoats, Scotland
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Lorna Anne
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham

Early lifeEdit

Born in Ayrshire, Duncan attended the Ardrossan Academy in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire and was educated at the University of Birmingham where he obtained a BCom in 1985. He later worked as a business and communications consultant for Mackays Stores Ltd from 1985–88 in addition to running the family textile business - John Duncan & Son from 1988–2000. In September 1997, he appeared as a member of the audience during a Scottish Television debate about the devolution referendum, and spoke opposing the establishment of a Scottish Parliament. Duncan later stood for election to the very parliament he initially opposed.

Parliamentary careerEdit

He was elected to the House of Commons at the 2001 general election, taking the Galloway and Upper Nithsdale seat from the Scottish National Party. This made him the sole Conservative MP for the whole of Scotland and the first Conservative MP from Scotland since 1997. In November 2003 he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland by new party leader Michael Howard and he was later named as Chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party.

His constituency was abolished for the 2005 general election and replaced by Dumfries and Galloway. However he failed to win the seat, losing to Labour's Russell Brown.

In the 2007 local elections, the first to take place under the Single Transferable Vote system, he was one of several new Conservative councillors elected to Dumfries and Galloway council.

He stood as the Conservative candidate for the Dumfries and Galloway seat at the 2010 general election. He was defeated by the incumbent Russell Brown again, with a -3.7% swing against.

Personal lifeEdit

He married Lorna Anne and they have a son and daughter and, as of 2007, now lives in Dalbeattie in Dumfries and Galloway.

External linksEdit

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alasdair Morgan
Member of Parliament for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Constituency abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Jacqui Lait
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
Succeeded by
James Gray
Party political offices
Preceded by
David Mitchell
Chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party
Succeeded by
David Mundell