13 May 2019

Tom Tugendhat

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Tom Tugendhat (born 27 June 1973) is a British Conservative Party politician serving as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee since 2017. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tonbridge and Malling since 2015. Before entering politics, amongst other roles, Tugendhat was a Territorial Army officer in the British Army.

Tugendhat studied Theology at the University of Bristol, before doing a Masters in Islamic studies at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and learning Arabic in Yemen.

In 2017, Tugendhat was elected chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, becoming the youngest person ever to hold the post. Under Tugendhat's chairmanship the Foreign Affairs Committee has focused on British foreign policy after Brexit, foreign asset stripping in the UK, COP26, the situation in Xinjiang and the impact of new and emerging technologies on foreign policy.