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Military past led to shadow defence post
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Iain George Duncan Smith

Born 9 April 1954. Married 1982, Hon Elizabeth Wynne Fremantle, daughter of Commander 5th Baron Cottesloe; four children.

Education HMS Conway (Cadet School); University of Perugia, Italy; RMA Sandhurst; Dunchurch College of Management.

Life before politics Lieutenant and then captain, Scots Guards 1975-81; ADC to Major-General Sir John Acland, commander of Commonwealth monitoring force in Zimbabwe 1979-81; executive, GEC Marconi 1981 ; director, Bellwing Property 1988-89; director, Jane's Information Group 1989-92.

Political career Unsuccessfully contested Bradford West in 1987. Elected MP for Chingford (now Chingford & Woodford Green) 1992.

Shadow social security secretary 1997-99; shadow defence secretary 1999-2001.

Outside interests consultant to Fortress Holdings plc; consultant to Wicksteed Engineering.

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All five candidates head-to-head on Question Time
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Iain Duncan Smith launches his campaign
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William Hague and Duncan Smith get involved in a policy mix-up, January 2001
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The Tory defence spokesman, calls for British troops out of Sierra Leone, September 2000
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