Ian James Duncan (born 13 February 1973) is a Conservative politician elected to the European Parliament in 2014.
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 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.
From 2004-2005 he acted as the Head of Policy & Communication for the Scottish Refugee Council, a charity which offers advice to those taking asylum within Scotland.
Before becoming an MEP, Duncan worked as Head of the EU Office for the Scottish Parliament, a position he held between 2005 and 2011, at which time he was appointed Clerk to the Parliament’s European Committee and EU Advisor to the Parliament. He stood down from this role in 2013 to pursue candidacy with the Scottish Conservatives, after Struan Stevenson announced he would not seek re-election.
Member of the European Parliament
Upon becoming a first time candidate for the 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 sits 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 is the European Parliament's Rapporteur on post 2020 reforms to the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme.
Outside politics Duncan maintains a keen interest in public speaking and has served as the Chairman of English Speaking Union Scotland since 2014, previously acting as its Speech & Debates Officer.
He is a patron of LGBTory and is openly gay.