|Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister|
5 September 2012 – 30 March 2015
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Jo Swinson|
|Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Energy Secretary|
16 August 2011 – 5 September 2012
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Jenny Willott|
|Succeeded by||Steve Gilbert|
|Member of Parliament |
6 May 2010 – 8 May 2015
|Preceded by||Constituency Created|
|Succeeded by||Michelle Donelan|
16 June 1977|
|Political party||Liberal Democrat|
|Children||Andrew Lennox Marshall Hames|
|Alma mater||New College, Oxford|
Duncan John Hames (born 16 June 1977) is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Chippenham constituency in Wiltshire from the 2010 general election until 30 March 2015, when parliament was dissolved for the election of May 2015, at which he was defeated by the Conservative Party candidate Michelle Donelan. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Nick Clegg when he was Deputy Prime Minister, a post in which he succeeded his wife Jo Swinson.
Hames was born in Hertfordshire and attended Watford Grammar School for Boys. He studied PPE at New College, Oxford, where he was an executive officer of the Oxford University Student Union and represented the Oxford Union in debating competitions.
After graduating from Oxford, Hames trained as an accountant with Deloitte. In June 2000, at the age of 23, he stood for the Liberal Democrats in the Tottenham by-election which was called after the death of Bernie Grant, coming second to Labour's David Lammy with 19 percent of the vote. He was then the Liberal Democrat candidate in his home constituency of Watford at the 2001 general election. He moved to Holt in Wiltshire, and from 2003 to 2007 served as a member of West Wiltshire District Council.
In 2003 Hames joined the board of the South West of England Regional Development Agency and was the Lib Dem candidate for the Westbury constituency at the 2005 general election. He thus achieved the feat of having stood for election to Parliament on behalf of a major political party on three occasions before his 28th birthday, at a time when the minimum age for candidates was 21.
In July 2006, shortly after the creation of a new Chippenham county constituency, Hames was selected as his party's first candidate for it, and his success at the 2010 general election gave Wiltshire its first Liberal member of parliament in 86 years.
Following his defeat at the 2015 general election, Hames chose not to stand for re-selection as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Chippenham constituency. His wife, fellow Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson, also lost her seat in East Dunbartonshire, but regained it in the 2017 snap election. He is now Head of Policy at the UK chapter of Transparency International.
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- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Chippenham