Duncan Hames

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Duncan Hames
Duncan Hames Glasgow 2014.jpg
Hames in 2014
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister
In office
5 September 2012 – 30 March 2015
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Deputy PMNick Clegg
Preceded byJo Swinson
Succeeded byVacant
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
In office
16 August 2011 – 5 September 2012
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Sec. of StateChris Huhne
Sir Ed Davey
Preceded byJenny Willott
Succeeded bySteve Gilbert
Member of Parliament
for Chippenham
In office
6 May 2010 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byMichelle Donelan
Personal details
Born (1977-06-16) 16 June 1977 (age 43)
Hertfordshire, England
Political partyLiberal Democrat
(m. 2011)
Alma materNew College, Oxford

Duncan John Hames[1] (born 16 June 1977) is a Director of Policy at Transparency International UK and a former Liberal Democrat politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Chippenham constituency in Wiltshire from 2010 to 2015. Between 2012 and 2015, he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Nick Clegg when he was Deputy Prime Minister.

Early life[edit]

Hames was born in Hertfordshire and attended Watford Grammar School for Boys. He studied PPE at New College, Oxford,[2] where he was an executive officer of the Oxford University Student Union and represented the Oxford Union in debating competitions.[3]


After graduation, Hames trained as an accountant with Deloitte. In June 2000, he stood for the Liberal Democrats in the Tottenham by-election. 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.[4]

In July 2006, shortly after the creation of a new Chippenham county constituency, Hames was selected as his party's first candidate for it,[4] and his success at the 2010 general election gave Wiltshire its first Liberal member of parliament in 86 years.[5][6]

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.

He is Head of Policy at the UK chapter of Transparency International.[7]

Personal life[edit]

On 13 May 2011, Hames married fellow Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson,[8] who was first elected as the Lib Dem MP for East Dunbartonshire in 2005 and lost her seat to John Nicolson of the Scottish National Party ten years later. Swinson regained the seat in 2017, and became the first female Leader of the Liberal Democrats on 22 July 2019. Four months later, she lost her seat by 149 votes to Amy Callaghan of the SNP and consequently was disqualified from continuing as party leader. The couple have two sons together, born in 2013 and 2018.[9][10]


  1. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8746.
  2. ^ "Duncan Hames – Parliamentary candidates – BBC". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  3. ^ Duncan Hames at hustings.com
  4. ^ a b Lib Dems select Duncan Hames to stand for the new Chippenham constituency Archived 3 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine, dated 15 July 2006, at duncanhames.org.uk
  5. ^ "Duncan Hames Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones Chippenham, first Wiltshire MP". www.thisisbath.co.uk. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
  6. ^ Election 2010: Chippenham, BBC News
  7. ^ "Meet the Team". Transparency International UK. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  8. ^ "MP Jo Swinson weds MP Duncan Hames". milngavieherald.co.uk. Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Swinson announces birth of second son". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Scots MP Jo Swinson gives birth to baby boy". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 22 July 2019.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Chippenham
Succeeded by
Michelle Donelan