Peter Duncan (British politician)
|Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland|
10 November 2003 – 5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Jacqui Lait|
|Succeeded by||James Gray|
|Member of Parliament
for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
7 June 2001 – 11 April 2005
|Preceded by||Alasdair Morgan|
|Succeeded by||constituency abolished|
|Born||Peter John Duncan
10 July 1965
|Alma mater||University of Birmingham|
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.
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.
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.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
|Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
|Party political offices|
|Chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party