Who is Jo Swinsons husband Duncan Hames?

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FORMER Liberal Democrat MP Duncan Hames is the husband of current Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson.

As his wife battles for her political life in the UK general election, here’s what you need to know about the former MP.

Duncan Hames is a former Lib Dem MP

Who is Duncan Hames?

Duncan Hames, 42, graduated with a degree in PPE from Oxford University before going on to train as an accountant with Deloitte.

A member of the Liberal Democrats at the time, he stood and was elected the MP for the Chippenham constituency in Wiltshire in 2010 to 2015.

He married Jo Swinson a year later in 2011.

Hames served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Nick Clegg when he was Deputy Prime Minister.

Did Duncan Hames work for Nick Clegg?

Hames served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Nick Clegg when he was Deputy Prime Minister.

Following his defeat at the 2015 general election, Mr Hames chose not to stand for re-selection as the Lib Dem candidate in the Chippenham constituency.

Speaking to The Telegraph in April 2015, Hames said once he and wife, Jo Swinson found out they were expecting their first child he realised something in his career had to change.

He decided to sacrifice his position as parliamentary aide to Mr Clegg.

Hames said: “It was something I wanted to do to give me a bit more space so I could be a new dad while supporting Jo at the same time, without my constituents missing out.

Nick completely understood, but there were people who suggested to me that they didnt think it was necessary.

He added: There have been times when Ive needed to look after Andrew, or collect him from nursery when he wasnt well, and the Whips Office would have to work with that.

I dont think colleagues anticipated the things that I was going to need to do.

Duncan Hames married Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson in 2011

What is Duncan Hames’ job?

In his current role as Acting Executive Director at Transparency International UK, Hames’ LinkedIn profile describes him as: “Fighting corruption by day, studying internal audit reports by night…

“Duncan leads the policy, advocacy and research teams of Transparency International UK, the British chapter of the worldwide anti-corruption movement.

“A chartered management accountant, he also serves as a Non-Executive Director of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, chairing their audit committee. ”

His wife is set to be interviews by Andrew Neil on the BBC tomorrow in his series of interviews with the party leaders ahead of the General Election next Thursday.

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