Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP has been Secretary of State for the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions since the 2010 General Election.
He has served as MP for the Chingford and Woodford Green constituency since April 1992 and has held a number of roles in Government, including Leader of the Opposition when he led the Conservative Party from September 2001 until November 2003.
In 2004, he subsequently founded the influential think tank, the Centre for Social Justice, which worked to develop innovative policies on tackling poverty and welfare reform.
In his early career, Iain Duncan Smith served in the Scots Guards and worked with the General Electric Company. He was born in Edinburgh and he and his wife, Betsy, have four children.