Iain Duncan Smith

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Iain Duncan Smith was leader of the Conservative Party from 2001, after William Hague was sacked after losing the election, until 2003 when he was himself sacked and replaced with Michael Howard. As part of the Scots Guards, Iain saw active service in Northern Ireland and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and served in Canada and Germany. Iain later worked for GEC-Marconi, a defence company, and Bellwinch, a property company. He has also been on the board of Jane’s Information Group, a publishing company. Iain married Elizabeth "Betsy" Fremantle (daughter of the 5th Baron Cottesloe) in 1982 and they have four children – Harry, Edward, Rosie and Alicia. [1] "Has shares in hygiene technology company Byotrol plc, which sells products to the NHS." [1]

"The former Tory leader – who lost the top job after a no confidence vote by his party in 2003 – married into the Fremantle family in 1982 and was given use of the mansion by his father-in-law, the 5th Baron Cottesloe , in 2001...The Baron kept ownership until 2005 when it was signed over to Mrs Duncan Smith’s brother Thomas, her cousin Richard Brooks and Paul Knocker, a millionaire friend of the Baron." [2] (Thomas Cottesloe, Swanbourne Home Farms) [3]


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  1. About, Iain Duncan Smith, accessed June 1, 2015.
  2. Helena Kennedy Foundation People, organizational web page, accessed May 24, 2013.
  3. Motability Patrons, Governors and Members, organizational web page, accessed July 16, 2012.
  4. Wave Trust Patrons, organizational web page, accessed April 1, 2012.