Alan Duncan was first elected as the MP for Rutland and Melton in 1992. From 2010 he has served as Minister for International Development, having previously held a raft of Shadow Cabinet positions. Much of his ministerial work focuses on the Middle East and, in particular, UK assistance for Syrian Refugees. An oil trader before entering Parliament, he was educated at Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Union, and Harvard, where he was a Kennedy Scholar. He was the first Conservative MP to enter into a civil partnership.
Locally, he has been vociferous in protecting the traditional, rural character of Rutland and Melton, successfully opposing plans for large scale and inappropriately sited wind farms, such as at Asfordby. He also fought off proposals to weaken the strict codes defining Stilton cheese, produced in Leicestershire. He will continue to work closely with local councils to support vital infrastructure investment schemes, particularly rural broadband and the creation of the Oakham Enterprise Park.