Ian Duncan, Baron Duncan of Springbank
Ian James Duncan, Baron Duncan of Springbank (born 13 February 1973) is a Conservative politician, serving as a Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords. He was formerly Minister for Climate Change in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and minister in the Northern Ireland Office. He initially joined the UK Government as a Scotland Office minister following the 2017 UK general election. Duncan was MEP for Scotland from 2014–2017. He is the only minister to have served in each of the UK Government's territorial offices.
Duncan was born in 1973 and raised in Alyth, Perthshire, where he attended Alyth High School. He achieved a degree in geology from the University of St Andrews, before earning a PhD degree in paleontology from the University of Bristol.
Career before politics
During the late 1990s, Duncan served as a policy analyst for BP's political affairs team where he worked on the company's strategy for emerging economic prospects in post-communist eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
In 1999 Duncan became the Deputy Chief Executive, and Secretary for the Scottish Fishermen's Federation, where he developed policy and worked closely with the European Union, namely lobbying for the development of a regional management model which was later adopted by the European Commission.
Duncan served as Head of the EU Office for the Scottish Parliament in Brussels from 2005 and 2011. Thereafter he was appointed Clerk to the Parliament's European Committee and EU Advisor to the Parliament. He resigned from his position in 2013 to pursue candidacy for the upcoming European elections with the Scottish Conservatives, following Struan Stevenson's announcement that he would not seek re-election.
Member of the European Parliament
As a candidate for the Scottish Conservatives at the 2014 European elections, Duncan campaigned on a platform of delivering reform in the European Union as well as an in-out referendum within three years.
Duncan sat on three committees of the European Parliament - the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the Committee on Fisheries. He was the European Parliament's Rapporteur on post 2020 reforms to the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme.
From 2014 Duncan served as the Chief Whip of the UK Conservative Delegation. He was also a Vice-Chair of the Wine, Spirits and Quality Foodstuffs intergroup in the European Parliament.
In 2017, Duncan was ranked as the 10th most influential MEP on environmental policy in the European Parliament. and the 6th most influential on energy policy. EurActiv ranked Duncan as the 15th most influential politician on energy union in Europe in 2016.
UK Parliament candidate
UK Government Minister
The Prime Minister's Office announced in June 2017 that Duncan would be granted a life peerage and thus become a member of the House of Lords, in order to take up his appointment as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland and for Wales. On 14 July, he was created Baron Duncan of Springbank, of Springbank in the County of Perth.
Following a reshuffle Duncan was appointed a Minister in the Northern Ireland Office and demitted office in the Wales Office. He retained his position in the Scotland Office until 2019.
On 29 July 2020, he became the first member of the House of Lords to ask a virtual question on a moving train.
Outside politics Duncan maintains a keen interest in public speaking. He is the Honorary President of English Speaking Union Scotland, previously serving as Chairman (2014–2017) and Speech & Debates Officer. Duncan is a former ESU US Debating Scholar (1995). He retains links to academia, acting as an advisor to St Andrews University's Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research. Duncan is a Fellow of the Geological Society.
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| Member of the European Parliament
The Baroness Mobarik
The Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
| Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales
The Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
The Lord Dunlop
| Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland
The Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
| Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
The Lord Henley
| Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Climate Change
The Lord Callanan
|Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom|
The Lord Llewellyn of Steep
Baron Duncan of Springbank
The Lord Agnew of Oulton