MPs with Armed Forces Experience

Dear All,

This is a list of all the current MPs who have experience of serving in the Armed Forces, both regular, reserve and the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme. The information has come from the House of Commons so please don't have a go at me if any of it is incorrect or anything is missing.

It could be useful if any ARRSErs are trying to lobby MPs and they are looking for a "sympathetic" ear...

Mods - could this one be made a sticky (at least until the next election... :p )

Listed by service:

Army (20)
John Baron (Conservative) - Captain Royal Regiment of Fusiliers 1984-87
Richard Benyon (Conservative) - Army 1980-85
Crispin Blunt (Conservative) - Army Officer 1979-90; Regimental duty 13th/18th Royal Hussars (QMO) in England,
Germany and Cyprus
Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith (Conservative) - Commissioned, Scots Guards 1975;ADC to Major-General Sir John Acland,
KCB, CBE; Commander of Commonwealth Monitoring Force in Zimbabwe 1979-81
James Gray (Conservative) - Honourable Artillery Company (TA) 1978-84; Member, HAC Court of Assistants 2002-
Adam Holloway (Conservative) - Commissioned, Grenadier Guards 1987-92
Eric Joyce (Labour) - Private, Black Watch Regiment 1978-81;Officer 1987-99
Alan Keen (Labour/Co-operative) - Army service (3 years)
Mark Lancaster (Conservative) - Officer Royal Engineers 1988-90;Major Royal Engineers (TA) 1990-
Rt Hon Michael Mates (Conservative) - Army service 1954-74:2nd Lieutenant RUR 1955;Queen's Dragoon Guards,
RAC 1961, Major 1967, Lieutenant-Colonel 1973, Resigned commission 1974
Patrick Mercer (Conservative) - Sherwood Foresters 1975-1999
Andrew Mitchell (Conservative) - UN Peacekeeping Forces Cyprus: 1st Royal Tank Regiment (SSLC)
Mike Penning (Conservative) - Soldier, Grenadier Guards 1974-80;RAMC 1980-81
Andrew Robathan (Conservative) - Regular Army Officer, Coldstream Guards and SAS 1974-89;Rejoined Army for
Gulf War January-April 1991
Hugh Robertson (Conservative) - Army officer The Life Guards, serving in Northern Ireland, Gulf War and Bosnia 1985-
Hon Nicholas Soames (Conservative) - Lieutenant, 11th Hussars 1967-72
Sir Peter Tapsell (Conservative) - Subaltern Army national service in Middle East 1948-50;Royal Sussex Regiment
David Tredinnick (Conservative) - 2nd Lieutenant Grenadier Guards 1968-71
Ben Wallace (Conservative) - Army officer, Scots Guards 1990-98:Service in Northern Ireland, Central America,
Cyprus, Germany; Intelligence 1994-95
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Conservative) - Commissioned army national service 14th/20th King's Hussars 1957-59

Ulster Defence Regiment (1)
Rt Hon Jeffrey Donaldson (Democratic Unionist Party) - Ulster Defence Regiment 1980-85

Territorial Army (12)
Tony Baldry (Conservative) - TA Officer 1971-83; Honorary Colonel RLC(TA)
Gregory Barker (Conservative) - TA (HAC)
Julian Brazier, TD (Conservative) - TA 1972-82, 1989-92
Derek Conway (Conservative) - Territorial Decoration (Territorial Army)
Mark Francois (Conservative) - TA 1983-89, commissioned 1985
Dominic Grieve (Conservative) - Territorial Army 1981-83
Philip Hollobone (Conservative) - Soldier and paratrooper, Territorial Army 1987-95
Ian Liddell-Grainger (Conservative) - Major Fusiliers TA
Andrew Selous (Conservative) - TA officer Honourable Artillery Company, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers 1981-94
Keith Simpson (Conservative) - Honorary Colonel Royal Military Police T.A.
Desmond Swayne (Conservative) - Major, Territorial Army; also called up to Gulf War II (Major in TA) (June 2003)
Peter Viggers (Conservative) - National service RAF pilot 1956-58;Territorial Army Officer 1962-67

Royal Air Force (7)
Joe Benton (Labour) - RAF national service 1955-57
Colin Challen (Labour) - RAF 1971-74
John Smith (Labour) - RAF 1967-71
Dr Bob Spink (Conservative) - RAF 1964-66 (invalided)
Dr Richard Taylor (Independent) - Medical officer RAF 1961-64
Peter Viggers (Conservative) - National service RAF pilot 1956-58;Territorial Army Officer 1962-67
Robert Wareing (Labour) - RAF 1948-50

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (2)
Ben Chapman (Labour) - Pilot Officer, RAFVR 1959-61
Gerald Howarth (Conservative) - Commissioned RAFVR 1968

University Air Squadron (1)
Tim Yeo (Conservative) - Cambridge University Air Squadron 1964-67

Royal Navy (2)
Dr Andrew Murrison (Conservative) - Surgeon Commander Royal Navy 1981-2000; called up as Royal Navy Reservist
(Medic) to Gulf War II in September 2003.
Richard Ottaway (Conservative) - Royal Navy Officer 1961-70

Royal Naval Reserve (2)
Dr Julian Lewis (Conservative) - Seaman, Royal Naval Reserve 1979-82
Dr Andrew Murrison (Conservative) - Surgeon Commander Royal Navy 1981-2000; called up as Royal Navy Reservist
(Medic) to Gulf War II in September 2003.

Foreign Armed Services (1)
Dr Rudi Vis (Labour) - Dutch armed services 1960-64

Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (Fellowships)
Rt Hon John Reid (Labour) - Fellow Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme

Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (Army)
Dai Havard (Labour) - Member Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (Army) 2002
Stephen O'Brien (Conservative) - Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (Army) 2001-03

Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (Navy)
Stephen Pound (Labour) - Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme
nice one mate, keep your friends close and your enemies closer
Why am I not surprised at the lack of 'Liarbourites'......reminds me.."ask not what your country can do for you...but what you can do for your country" ..apt for the current bunch of thieves(Liar & Con)...cant attribute the quote..??..
Interesting that the majority are Tories!
Interesting that the majority of Labour are Ex-RAF :D
Trotsky said:
No Lib dems at all ......
No not yet, mind if sven can get all his postal votes in you never know..... :wink:
Not an arbiter of quality though, is it? Joyce, Yeo, Gray, etc.

I hardly think that 'Fellow Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme' - i.e Reid, counts as 'serving' either...
Not having a go but if membership of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme is at all relevant*, there are a lot more MPs who have taken part in it than are listed above.

* I think it is worth mentioning, but is hardly equivalent to actual service.
Irrespective of political allegiances, they all have one thing in common...That is their betrayal of the needs of the services today for their own political careers :oops: :x
Sorry if its a bit of a bone question, but what exactly is the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme?

For what I can gather off google it seems to be a Gap Year Commission-type affair where MPs become a Maj for a week and are then qualified in all things forces. Can anyone elaborate?
Hantslad said:
Nicholas Soames (Conservative) - Lieutenant, 11th Hussars 1967-72
A man who could really eat a cavalry horse when hungry :D

Also worth a mention, Dr Sue Farrant (lib dem candidate)

Supports more active psychiatric care in conflict zones.

Dr Sue Farrant, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for West Dorset, today called for more psychiatric services to be provided to front line troops. Sue Farrant served in the Army herself after leaving school and is an active campaigner for better conditions for servicemen and women and their families.

Sue told the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Bournemouth this week that troops serving on the front line may begin to suffer from mental illness, most often related to combat stress. “Sadly,” she said, “Due to a shortage of psychiatric medical care in conflict zones, their illness might well go undiagnosed and untreated until it reaches a critical level. By that time the damage is done and we have failed in our duty of care”.

Liberal Democrats voted unanimously to reaffirm and restore the military covenant. Measures agreed included increasing the basic pay of lower ranks and NCOs to be brought in line with the police, improvements to accommodation and proper medical provision for all service personnel. The additional money needed would be found by scrapping the Trident nuclear weapon replacements, not buying Eurofighters and by reducing the number of civilians working in the Ministry of Defence.

The debate was preceded by a minute’s silence to mark the UN International Day of Peace and in memory of those who lost their lives in the Afghanistan conflict.
Can't believe somebody is knocking that most noble 'Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme' I believe that Sir Jock (CDS) holds it in the highest regard!! I'm not sure what that tells us.......
Will never forget a certain Earl (Major REME type) on Telic going for a shower wearing boots, towel and belt with pistol and ressie.

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