He's my local guy. Ex Royal Marine and now TA Para Lt Col. Nice bloke and got my vote. Cares about the area and is very much in to helping with problems. Has a good support organization in Plymouth from the Tories so no snags him being away.
TA WO on TELIC was in the same position - STRE and had a day job, that is done by about 15 people in the UK - top bloke and like Lt Col Reynolds, keeping in regular contact with the full-time employer, and his electorate. Good effort.
Yes, of course it is rare. There are a few councillors in HM Armed Forces (TA), and you're right some of them are non-Con. But the chances are, it will be a Tory. This isn't political discrimination, it's just fact. Let's be honest, I can't realistically envisage officers (TA or Reg) being Liberal/Labour supports can you? If they do follow politics, they're likely to be Telegraph readers and centre-right minded.
David Reynolds: nice bloke and a member of MOG (V); IIRC his day job is running a military photographic library. It's worth remembering that at least two Tory MPs have done op tours in the last few years: Desmond Swayne MP (Yeomanry Major) was MND (SE) LO to the Italian Bde on Telic 2; Mark Lancaster MP (RE Major) did a few months in Afghanistan on Op HERRICK.
Yes, and scores of Tory MPs have historically attended RMAS, including the renowned Patrick Mercer MP.
But as somebody above has said, its not about politics it's about serving. But it is surely worth discussion, the political imbalances of forces' personnel in both local authorities and parliament. It's not as though any of the current Cabinet was ever so much as an Army Cadet yet the tory benches have a noticable number of ex soldiers.
David picked up the QVRSM a couple of years ago. In 'real life' he runs DRA who did the Battle for Helmand book in 2007 and stepped in at the last minute to rescue the TA100 book pretty much at cost, after the intended publishers went into receivership.