|Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee|
|Assumed office |
12 July 2017
|Preceded by||Crispin Blunt|
|Member of Parliament|
for Tonbridge and Malling
|Assumed office |
7 May 2015
|Preceded by||John Stanley|
Thomas Georg John Tugendhat
27 June 1973
Westminster, London, England
|Relatives||Sir Michael Tugendhat (father) The Right Honourable The Lord Tugendhat (uncle)|
|Alma mater||University of Bristol (BA)|
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (MPhil)
|Years of service||2003–2013|
|Unit||Territorial Army, Adjutant General's Corps|
War in Afghanistan
|Awards||Member of the Order of the British Empire (2010)|
Volunteer Reserves Service Medal (2013)
Thomas Georg John Tugendhat (born 27 June 1973) is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee since 2017. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tonbridge and Malling since 2015. Tugendhat worked in the British Army until 2013.
Early life and education[change | change source]
He is the nephew of another Conservative politician, Christopher Tugendhat, Baron Tugendhat. After going to St Paul's School, London, Tugendhat was educated on Theology at the University of Bristol. He then did a Masters in Islamic studies at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He learnt Arabic in Yemen.
Military career[change | change source]
Tugendhat served in the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan. He helped the Foreign Office in Afghanistan. Tugendhat helped set up the National Security Council of Afghanistan and the government in Helmand Province.
Political career[change | change source]
Tugendhat is a supporter of Israel. He opposed the United Nations Security Council. In January 2017, he wrote that the Israeli–Palestinian conflict "doesn't matter". He said that it shouldn't be important than other disputed areas.
On 21 May 2018, the Foreign Affairs Committee published a report on Russian corruption and the UK. This got attention from 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". The report criticised the law firm Linklaters. They did this because Linklaters didn't want to give evidence to the committee.
After the Fall of Kabul in August 2021, Tugendhat said the event in The Times as Britain's "biggest foreign policy disaster since Suez". On 18 August, Tugendhat was applauded after giving a powerful speech in the House of Commons. He spoke about his past in the military. He said that he felt that this was defeat.
China[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
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- "About". Tom Tugendhat MP. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
- Kirkup, James (1 November 2013). "Conservatives call up veterans to combat career politicians". The Telegraph.
- "Iran's hidden war with the West – and what we can do to fight back". The Spectator. 24 October 2015.
- Gimson, Andrew (7 September 2017). "Profile: Tom Tugendhat, successful insurgent and a possible future Tory leader". Conservative Home. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
- "How did my MP vote on withdrawal agreement?". BBC News. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
- "Britain was wrong to back the U.N's anti-Israel resolution". The Spectator. 4 January 2017.
- "Moscow's Gold: Russian Corruption in the UK – Foreign Affairs Committee – House of Commons". publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
- "MPs criticise elite law firm Linklaters for work with Putin allies". The Times. London. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- "Tom Tugendhat on Defending the Rules". RUSI. Archived from the original on 9 October 2019. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
- "Boris Johnson 'hobbled by lack of Foreign Office power'". The Guardian. London. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
- "Participants". bilderbergmeetings.org. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
- "MP reveals he suffered antisemitism during election campaign". Kent Online. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
- Tugendhat, Tom (16 August 2021). "Tom Tugendhat on Afghanistan: Six decades after Suez, we remain impotent in the face of US policy". The Times. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
- "Boris Johnson feels MPs' anger during Afghanistan debate". BBC News. 18 August 2021. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
- Timsit, Annabelle (18 May 2021). "Glossary: The jargon, acronyms, and historical terms that frame the UK-China relationship". Quartz. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
- Timsit, Annabelle (18 May 2021). "Tom Tugendhat, the politician warning of China's 'cage-rattling'". Quartz. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
- "Uighurs: China bans UK MPs after abuse sanctions". BBC News. 26 March 2021. Retrieved 26 March 2021.