Iain Duncan Smith

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Iain Duncan Smith

George Iain Duncan Smith (born 9 April 1954) is a British Conservative Party politician. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2010 to 2016, he was previously the Leader of the Conservative Party and with it Leader of the Opposition from 2001 to 2003. He was first elected in 1992 and has since served as MP for the Chingford and Chingford and Woodford Green constituencies. Prior to his career in politics he was an officer in the army.



  • Always leave them wanting more.
  • Uncontrolled migration from the EU drove down wages, undercutting UK workers, and increased the cost of living which hit the poorest hardest. There is an increasing divide between people who benefit from the immigration of cheap nannies and baristas and labourers - and people who can't find work because of uncontrolled immigration
  • The government itself now had a view... which was to remain, and so now we need to change that position and actually deliver on this very clear mandate from the British people.
  • I said consistently throughout that we need to get control of our borders and the only way to do that is to leave the European Union… Once we do that we are in a much stronger position to achieve that objective of bringing down migration to tens of thousands within this Parliament - I will stand by that.


  • When she gets into negotiations with her European counterparts about trade arrangements, could she remind them that cake exists to be eaten and cherries exist to be picked.



Quotes about Iain Duncan Smith[edit]

  • Iain and Duncan Smith: it's the first time identical twins have ever lead a major political party.
  • [On hearing his first name is actually George] There's three of them!?

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