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Sir Alan Duncan appointed Government Special Envoy

Sir Alan Duncan has been appointed as the Government’s Special Envoy to Yemen and Special Envoy to Oman.

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Sir Alan Duncan

Sir Alan Duncan served as Minister of State for International Development from 2010 to 2014. In his new roles, Sir Alan will work to help deliver the government’s Yemen Strategy, which includes security, stability and development objectives, and separately, to maintain and further strengthen the UK’s strong bilateral relationship with Oman.

Curriculum vitae

Sir Alan has been the Conservative MP for Rutland and Melton since 1992.


Sir Alan attended Beechwood Park School in Hertfordshire and Merchant Taylors’ School before going on to study politics and economics at St John’s College, Oxford from 1976 to 1979, where he was elected President of the Oxford Union. He then went on to win a Kennedy Scholarship at Harvard University, where he studied from 1981 to 1982

Political career

Alan held a number of roles in the Shadow Cabinet before being appointed Minister of State for International Development. He has travelled extensively in the Middle East and has built strong relationships in both Oman and Yemen.

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Published 4 August 2014