Duncan Hames was elected in 2010 as Member of Parliament for the Chippenham constituency, which includes Bradford on Avon, Chippenham, Corsham, Melksham and surrounding villages. He is Wiltshire’s first Liberal MP in more than 80 years.
Duncan lives in Holt and, before his election to Parliament, was a local school governor and a West Wiltshire district councillor. Duncan also served on the board of the South West of England Regional Development Agency.
Duncan takes an active interest in renewable energy and ensuring that all children have access to a good education.
Duncan gets it done
Duncan’s main focus is on serving local people in his Wiltshire constituency. He has:
- Campaigned successfully with the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership to secure a new rail service, calling at Trowbridge, Melksham and Chippenham, made possible by a £4.25 million grant from the Coalition Government. Read more.
- Secured £18 million of government funding for Wiltshire College to rebuild its Chippenham campus. Read more.
- Worked closely with the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership to secure a £129 million Local Growth Deal for our area, including funding for improvements around Chippenham station and to make the A350 Chippenham Bypass a dual carriageway. Read more.
- Conducted each year more than 50 constituency surgeries, writing annually over 12,000 letters pursuing in excess of 5,000 cases for his constituents.
- Encouraged many local businesses to take on apprentices, and has taken one on in his own office. Read more about Duncan's campaign for more apprenticeships here.
Duncan speaks in the Commons most days Parliament sits, telling the stories of his constituents to people in power. He has put questions to the Prime Minister on a range of issues, including phone hacking, funding for Wiltshire College and preventing land grabs in developing countries. You can read all of his contributions here.
With his interest in renewable energy and low carbon technologies, Duncan worked as an aide to Energy Secretaries Chris Huhne and Ed Davey. In 2012, he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
Duncan is Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Financial Education for Young People, and has successfully campaigned with a cross-party group of MPs for financial education to be included in the national curriculum.