Iain And Duncan Smith

(Former)Conservative Party Leaders

TWINS - Iain and Duncan Smith !

For the first time in its history the Conservative Party is being run by identical twin brothers, Iain and Duncan Smith, seen above in a rare photographic appearance.

We've all seen them on the television but what are they really like. Er...This is proud to take an in depth look at the twins to find out just what they are made of !

Iain Smith

Iain is the oldest of the two brothers by only 5 minutes. He is 48 years old, 5ft 10 inches tall and weighs 14 stone. He was educated at Dunchurch College of Management, the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, the Universita di Perugia in Italy and HMS Conway in Anglesey. 

Commissioned into the Scots Guards, Iain saw active service in Northern Ireland and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) as well as serving in Canada and Germany. It was here that Iain quickly gained a reputation for being approachable and hard working.

At the age of 27, Iain left the army and worked for GEC-Marconi before later joining Bellwinch, a property company, and then joined the board of Jane's Information Group, a publishing company. Iain found this experience invaluable for understanding the difficulties of running a business. He knows first hand the effect on people's lives of policy made in Whitehall. 


Iain has been married to Betsy since 1982, and they have two sons and two daughters, aged between 9 and 15.

Iain was elected as Member of Parliament for Chingford at the 1992 General Election. In 1997, he was re-elected constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green. During the last decade in Parliament Iain's courteous and straight-talking approach to politics has won him many admirers. 

Under William Hague, Iain was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet in 1997,  as Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security.


After much success in this role, he was promoted to Shadow Defence Secretary in 1999. Over the next two years, Iain gained an international reputation for his contribution to the debates on the European Army and the US missile defence initiative.

In September 2001, at the age of 47, Iain was elected Leader of the Conservative Party in the first ever ballot of the Party's membership. In a political world used to spin and counter-spin, Iain's honest and principled leadership is a refreshing alternative for a cynical public. This approach, together with his willingness to champion radical solutions where they improve people's lives, will provide a powerful challenge to the Conservative Party's opponents at the next General Election. 

(Some information taken from the Conservative Party Website:  www.conservatives.com)

Duncan Smith

Duncan is the youngest and quietist of the two. He was separated from his brother at the age of 3. He is now 48 years old, 5ft 9 inches tall and weighs 13 and a half stone. He was educated at Bedlington Lunatic Asylum in Northumberland and went on to do Home Economics at Northumberland College of Arts and Technology. Iain and Duncan weren't to meet again until 1995 when they bumped into each other at the auditions for Blind Date.

At the age of 18 he joined the local football team, The Bedlington Terriers,  and played with them for several years until he was forced out of the game due to a groin injury. However, he still manages to kick a ball around as seen here in a charity match against the Blue Peter 5-aside team last year. His hobbies also include pigeon racing, erotic photography, chicken sexing, naked mountain climbing and pot-holing in the Yorkshire Dales.

"It's very difficult to find the time for my hobbies when, along with my brother, I endeavor to lead the Conservative Party to victory at the next election", Duncan told us.

Duncan recently found the time to return to his old school and make a cake with some of the inmates - Sorry, PUPILS !

"It was fantastic to see the old place again, and I'm sure that the Semtex mixed into the cake mix was an accident !", Duncan said as he came out of Wansbeck General Hospital with his arm in a sling.

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