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Tom Tugendhat

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Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee
Assumed office
12 July 2017
Preceded byCrispin Blunt
Member of Parliament
for Tonbridge and Malling
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded byJohn Stanley
Majority23,508 (41.3%)
Personal details
Thomas Georg John Tugendhat

(1973-06-27) 27 June 1973 (age 46)
Westminster, London, England
Political partyConservative
RelativesSir Michael Tugendhat (father)
Alma materUniversity of Bristol
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Military career
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service2003–2013
RankLieutenant colonel
Service number560649
UnitAdjutant General's Corps
Intelligence Corps
Battles/warsIraq War
War in Afghanistan
AwardsMember of the Order of the British Empire (2010)
Volunteer Reserves Service Medal (2013)

Thomas Georg John Tugendhat[1] MBE VR (born 27 June 1973) is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tonbridge and Malling since May 2015.[2] Since 12 July 2017, Tugendhat has served as chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Before entering politics, Tugendhat was a British Army officer.

Early life and education

Tugendhat is the son of the High Court Judge Sir Michael Tugendhat and his French wife Blandine de Loisne.[3] He is the nephew of fellow Conservative politician Christopher Tugendhat, Baron Tugendhat. After attending St Paul's School, London, Tugendhat studied Theology at the University of Bristol, before doing a Masters in Islamic studies at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and learning Arabic in Yemen.[4]

Tugendhat holds dual British and French citizenship. His wife is a French judge and senior civil servant, and his father-in-law is a French diplomat, the lead OSCE mediator in Ukraine.[5]

Military career

On 6 July 2003, Tugendhat was commissioned into the Educational and Training Services Branch of the Adjutant General's Corps, Territorial Army, British Army, as a second lieutenant (on probation).[6] His commission was confirmed on 16 July 2003.[7] He transferred to the Intelligence Corps on 29 July 2003.[8]

He was promoted to lieutenant on 16 July 2005,[9] captain on 1 April 2007,[10] and to major on 1 January 2010.[11] He had been promoted to lieutenant colonel by July 2013.[12]

Tugendhat has seen service on operations during the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan. He also served as an adviser in Afghanistan, first to the Afghan Government's National Security Council, then to the Afghan governor of Helmand Province.[13] He later served as the military assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff.[14]

Political career

Tugendhat was elected as the Member of Parliament for Tonbridge and Malling, the safe Conservative seat in Kent at the 2015 General Election, with an increased vote share and larger majority than his predecessor.

Tugendhat supported continued membership of the European Union in the 2016 referendum.[15] He voted in favour of the withdrawal agreement negotiated by Theresa May's government on each of the three occasions it was put to a vote.[16]

On 12 July 2017, Tugendhat was elected chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, becoming the youngest person ever to hold the post.[17] Soon after the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury by a nerve agent, Tugendhat said the attack was "if not an act of war … certainly a warlike act by the Russian Federation".[18]

Under Tugendhat's chairmanship the Foreign Affairs Committee has focused on British foreign policy priorities after Brexit.[19] Other significant enquiries have covered: the implications of China's growing role in the international system,[20] the UK's relationship with India,[21] and the Responsibility to Protect. [22]

On 21 May 2018, the Foreign Affairs Committee published a report on Russian Corruption and the UK. This drew attention to the ability of President Vladimir Putin and his allies to launder assets through London, and called on the UK Government to "show stronger political leadership in ending the flow of dirty money into the UK".[23] The report criticised the law firm Linklaters for its unwillingness to give evidence to the committee about the nature of working in the Russian Federation today.[24]

On 29 May 2018 Tugendhat set out his own views on British foreign policy in a speech at the Royal United Services Institute.[25] He advocated giving the Foreign and Commonwealth Office greater powers to determine overall foreign policy strategy.[26]

On 7 November 2018 Tugendhat gave a speech on "community conservatism" at an event organised by the Social Market Foundation.[27] In it he described how his military experience had drawn him into politics and outlined several ways in which the government could encourage businesses to better serve the communities in which they operate.[28]

Tugendhat was a participant at the 30 May–2 June 2019 Bilderberg Meeting in Montreux, Switzerland.[29]


In the 2010 New Year Honours, Tugendhat was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).[30] In July 2013, he was awarded the Volunteer Reserves Service Medal for ten years' service in the Territorial Army.[12]

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Iraq Medal BAR.svg

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Volunteer Reserves Service Medal.png

Ribbon Description Notes
Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png
Order of the British Empire (MBE)
  • 2010
  • Member
  • Military Division
Iraq Medal BAR.svg
Iraq Medal
  • With clasp "19 Mar to 28 Apr 2003"
Civilian Service Medal (Afghanistan).png
Civilian Service Medal (Afghanistan)
OSM for Afghanistan w bar.svg
Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan
  • With clasp "AFGHANISTAN"
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012
  • UK version of this medal
Volunteer Reserves Service Medal.png
Volunteer Reserves Service Medal (VR)


  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9123.
  2. ^ Tonbridge and Malling (UK Parliament constituency) profile,; accessed 16 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Tugendhat, Hon. Sir Michael (George), (born 21 Oct. 1944), a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division, 2003–14; Judge in charge of Queen's Bench jury and non-jury lists, 2010–14". Who's Who. 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U38156.
  4. ^ Boffey, Daniel (10 May 2015). "How representative are our MPs now?". The Observer.
  5. ^ "Formal Minutes" (PDF). Foreign Affairs Select Committee. p. 54.
  6. ^ "No. 57043". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 September 2003. p. 10846.
  7. ^ "No. 58002". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 June 2006. p. 7725.
  8. ^ "No. 57089". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 October 2003. p. 12991.
  9. ^ "No. 58008". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 2006. p. 8068.
  10. ^ "No. 59237". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 November 2009. p. 19393.
  11. ^ "No. 59537". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 September 2010. p. 17234.
  12. ^ a b "No. 60575". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 July 2013. p. 14489.
  13. ^ "About". Tom Tugendhat MP. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  14. ^ Kirkup, James (1 November 2013). "Conservatives call up veterans to combat career politicians". The Telegraph.
  15. ^ Gimson, Andrew (7 September 2017). "Profile: Tom Tugendhat, successful insurgent and a possible future Tory leader". Conservative Home. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  16. ^ "How did my MP vote on withdrawal agreement?". 29 March 2019. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  17. ^ "What do the elections of select committee chairs tell us?". BBC News. 12 July 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Russian spy poisoning: Theresa May issues ultimatum to Moscow". The Guardian. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  19. ^ "Reports and correspondence - Foreign Affairs Committee". UK Parliament. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  20. ^ "China and the Rules-Based International System - Foreign Affairs Committee - House of Commons". Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  21. ^ "Building Bridges: Reawakening UK-India ties - Foreign Affairs Committee - House of Commons". Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  22. ^ "Global Britain: The Responsibility to Protect and Humanitarian Intervention - Foreign Affairs Committee - House of Commons". Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  23. ^ "Moscow's Gold: Russian Corruption in the UK - Foreign Affairs Committee - House of Commons". Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  24. ^ "MPs criticise elite law firm Linklaters for work with Putin allies". The Times. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  25. ^ "Tom Tugendhat on Defending the Rules". RUSI. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  26. ^ "Boris Johnson 'hobbled by lack of Foreign Office power' | Foreign policy | The Guardian". Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  27. ^ "Tom Tugendhat MP's speech for the SMF". Social Market Foundation. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  28. ^ "Look to Greggs for inspiration to make country fairer, Tory MP says". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  29. ^ "Participants". Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  30. ^ "No. 59282". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2009. p. 5.

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