Tom Tugendhat MBE MP was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Tonbridge and Malling in 2015 and was re-elected in 2017 following a career in the British Army. In 2017, he was elected the youngest ever Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee in the UK Parliament’s House of Commons, a post he held until 2022. In September 2022, Tugendhat was appointed Minister of State for Security (Home Office).
As a Reservist, Tom served on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and as the military assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff. He also served in the UK Foreign Office, assisting in the establishment of the National Security Council of Afghanistan and government in Helmand Province.
A fluent Arabic speaker, Tom read Theology at Bristol University and studied Islamics at Cambridge University for a Master’s. After graduating, Tugendhat was a journalist based in Beirut, writing on conflict, regional politics and economics. He has served on several parliamentary committees including the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committees and is a regular commentator in international media.