Desmond Swayne

Sir Desmond Angus Swayne TD VR (born 20 August 1956)[1] is a British Conservative politician serving as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of New Forest West since 1997.[2]

Sir Desmond Swayne
Official portrait, 2017
Minister of State for International Development
In office
14 July 2014  17 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Theresa May
Preceded byAlan Duncan
Succeeded byRory Stewart
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
In office
7 October 2013  14 July 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byGreg Knight
Succeeded byAnne Milton
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
4 September 2012  7 October 2013
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byMichael Fabricant
Succeeded bySam Gyimah
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister
In office
12 May 2010  4 September 2012
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byJon Trickett &
Anne Snelgrove
Succeeded bySam Gyimah
Member of Parliament
for New Forest West
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded byConstituency created
Majority24,403 (48.5%)
Personal details
Born (1956-08-20) 20 August 1956 (age 65)[1]
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
Moira Cecily Teek
(m. 1987)
Children3
Alma materUniversity of St Andrews
OccupationPolitician
AwardsTerritorial Decoration
Iraq Medal
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
Volunteer Reserve Service Medal
Websitedesmondswaynemp.com
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch/service British Territorial Army
Years of service1978–Present
RankMajor
UnitRoyal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry

Before going into politics, Swayne was a teacher, and then a manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to David Cameron, both during his time as Leader of the Opposition, 2005–10, and then for two years while Cameron was Prime Minister. In September 2012 he was appointed as Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury and in July 2014 as Minister for International Development. Swayne was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for political and parliamentary services.

He was a supporter of the Eurosceptic pressure group Leave Means Leave.[3] He is also a prominent critic of the British government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[4]


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