Sorry if this has been done but couldn't find it with a quick search. Following on from the various threads about actors who have served can anyone think of any MPs who have served and whether service in their formative years influenced Government policy. I will start with Airey Neave. Wartime officer, captured at Calais during the BEF retreat in 1940. Was IIRC the first (or one of the first) British officers to escape from Colditz. On his return to the UK he was posted to MI9 where he used his escape experience in organising the 'rat line' escape routes throughout occupied Europe. He deployed back to France after D Day and was instrumental in organising the escape of trapped airborne troops following Op Market Garden as well as downed airmen. After the war he retained very close links to the Intelligence Services and Special Forces, in particularly the TA SAS regiment who were tasked with operating 'stay behind' forces in the event of a Soviet invasion of Germany, one of whos task would be the return of downed pilots. He became MP for Abingdon and was a close friend and advisor to Mrs Thatcher and was instrumental in her rise to the leadership of the Conservative Party and may have also been key in shaping some of her robust thinking around terrorism. He was murdered by the INLA in 1979.