The group released two major reports, Breakdown Britain and Breakthrough Britain. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Sir George Iain Duncan Smith (born George Ian Duncan Smith; 9 April 1954), often referred to by his initials IDS, is a British Conservative Party politician. ", In December 2019, Duncan Smith voted in favour of the Withdrawal Agreement. ", In March 2016, Duncan Smith unexpectedly resigned from the Cabinet. , Due to the September 11 attacks, the announcement of Duncan Smith gaining the Conservative leadership was delayed until 13 September 2001. There is a big difference between Iain Duncan Smith’s battle against benefit claimants and the battle fought by his supposed ancestor. His profession is a civil engineer and he is described as unmarried. , Duncan Smith remained on the backbenches until 1997, when the new Conservative leader William Hague brought him into the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security.  He stepped down eight days later on 6 November, with Michael Howard being confirmed as his successor. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Iain Duncan Smith urges Government to slash six-week wait for new benefits. He appears on the 1871 census living at 39 Charles Street in Mayfair, London, with his brother, the 3rd Earl of Camperdown, and their mother. The family had changed their name to Haldane Duncan, but George also went by the name of George Duncan. Their job is to interpret what comes out of parliament, not to tell parliament how it goes about its functions. He added that "The financial costs of family breakdown are incredibly high. Iain Duncan Smith’s wife is by the way a genuine descendant of an admiral, Sir Thomas Fremantle. He is a Roman Catholic. He has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Chingford and Woodford Green, formerly Chingford, since 1992. ( Log Out / , Amid speculation that rebel MPs were seeking to undermine him, Duncan Smith called on the party to "Unite or die. , In May 2014, it was reported the DWP was employing debt collectors to retrieve overpaid benefits, the overpayment purely down to calculation mistakes by HM Revenue and Customs. The couple have four children, and live in a country house belonging to his father-in-law's estate in Swanbourne, Buckinghamshire. , Former Leader of the Conservative Party, MP for Chingford and Woodford Green, Early life, military service and professional career, His biography on the Conservative Party website and entry in. He says Britain needs an immigration system that gives the unemployed "a level playing field". Returning to the backbenches, Duncan Smith became a published novelist. Therefore his descendants are documented in various peerages and they don’t include Iain Duncan Smith. His victory in the contest was helped by the fact that his opponent in the final vote of party members was Kenneth Clarke, whose strong support for the European Union was at odds with the views of much of the party. More investigation required here, methinks. " Duncan Smith had opposed Cameron over the upcoming referendum on membership of the EU but sources close to Duncan Smith said his resignation was not about Europe. In November 2001, he was one of the first politicians to call for an invasion of Iraq and held talks in Washington, DC, with senior US officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. , In June 2011, Duncan Smith announced welfare-to-work programs would be replaced with a single Work Programme, which included incentives for private sector service providers to help the unemployed find long term employment. , After months of speculation over a leadership challenge, Duncan Smith called upon critics within his party to either gather enough support to trigger a no-confidence motion or get behind him. https://pottoingaround.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/iain-duncan-smiths-ancestors-part-2-not-an-admiral-in-sight/ It counters the whole purpose of what the welfare reforms are about.”, On 3 November 2016 and in response to the decision of the High Court in R (Miller) v. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on whether the UK government was entitled to notify an intention to leave the European Union under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union without a vote in Parliament, Duncan Smith stated that "it's not the position of the courts to tell parliament or the Government how that process should work.  Also in April, he called for wealthier people to voluntarily return universal winter fuel payments to help reduce the strain on public finances, prompting some wealthier pensioners to state they had already tried this but had their offers refused because there was no mechanism for returning payments. He became a member of the House of Commons with a majority of nearly 15,000. So it looks unlikely that Anna Duncan, born in 1877 or 1878 according to her marriage certificate, is his daughter.  There, he played rugby union in the position of fly-half alongside Clive Woodward at centre. George Duncan inherited the titles of and estates of the Earl of Camperdown when his brother died in 1918. In fact, the earldom became extinct after three generations, the fourth earl (Admiral Duncan’s great grandson) having inherited it from his elder brother the third earl. Duncan Smith said a final delivery date would not be set for this, declaring "Arbitrary dates and deadlines are the enemy of secure delivery. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. , In the 2003 local elections, the Conservatives gained 566 seats.  Benefits claimants with part-time incomes below a certain threshold would become required to search for additional work or risk losing access to their benefits.  On 7 December 2005, he was appointed Chairman of the Social Justice Policy Group, which was facilitated by the Centre for Social Justice. Wilfrid’s parents, Wilfrid Smith and Anna Cecilia Duncan, married in India in 1910.