Tobias Ellwood

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"In June 2010 Tobias became the Vice Chairman of the Conservative Middle East Council (CMEC). Since becoming an MP he has been a regular visitor to the region and has visited Egypt, Israel, the occupied Palestinian territories, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, The UAE, Iraq and Afghanistan.

"After the May 2010 General Election Tobias was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Liam Fox MP. He was elected as Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East in May 2005. In January 2006 he was appointed Opposition Whip and in July 2007 he was promoted to the post of Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport.

"Tobias was born in New York and was educated in Bonn and Vienna. He returned to the UK to complete his first degree at Loughborough University where he was elected President of the Student’s Union. He spent five years in the Army with The Royal Green Jackets and served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Kuwait, Germany, Gibraltar and Bosnia.

"On leaving the army Tobias worked as a researcher for the former Defence Secretary, the Rt Hon Tom King MP. After completing an MBA he became a Senior Business Development Manager at the London Stock Exchange, and following that, he undertook a similar role for the law firm Allen & Overy.

"Tobias completed the senior executive course in National and International Studies at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in the summer of 2009. In November last year he published his proposal for the creation of a UK Stabilization Force, ‘Post Conflict Reconstruction: Bridging the gap between military and civilian affairs on the modern battle field.’ This is now part of the Coalition Government’s policy."[1]  


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  1. Conservative Middle East Council Tobias Ellwood, organizational web page, accessed May 26, 2013.