MP Chingford and Woodford Green
Iain was educated at Dunchurch College of Management, the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia and HMS Conway in Anglesey. In the Scots Guards, Iain saw active service in Northern Ireland and Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and served in Canada and Germany. Iain later worked for GEC-Marconi and Bellwinch, a property company. He has also been on the board of Jane’s Information Group.
Iain was elected MP for Chingford in 1992, and re-elected in 1997 for the re-drawn constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green. He was promoted to William Hague’s Shadow Cabinet in 1997 as Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security.
In 2001, Iain was elected Leader of the Conservative Party. After stepping down in 2003, he set up the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), an independent think tank committed to tackling poverty and social breakdown. Between 2010 and 2016, Iain was Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.