Tobias Martin Ellwood MP PC (born 12 August 1966) is a British Conservative Party politician and author. He served in the Royal Green Jackets and reached the rank of captain. He currently serves as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bournemouth East and served as a UK Government Minister at the Ministry of Defence from 2017 to 2019.
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence|
14 June 2017 – 26 July 2019
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Preceded by||Mark Lancaster|
|Succeeded by||Johnny Mercer|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs|
15 July 2014 – 14 June 2017
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Hugh Robertson|
|Succeeded by||Alistair Burt|
|Member of Parliament |
for Bournemouth East
|Assumed office |
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||David Atkinson|
|Born||12 August 1966|
New York City, U.S.
Hannah Ryan (m. 2005)
|Alma mater||Loughborough University, City, University of London, Harvard University|
|Years of service||1989–1991 (reserve)|
|Unit||Royal Green Jackets|
77th Brigade (reserve)
Born in New York City to British parents, Ellwood was educated at schools in Bonn and Vienna, where he attended the Vienna International School. He attended Loughborough University from 1985 to 1990, graduating with a BA (Hons) degree, and the Cass Business School at City University from 1997 to 1998, where he received a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA).
Whilst a member of the UOTC Ellwood was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Territorial Army in 1989. After completing the Regular Army commissioning course at Sandhurst he joined the Royal Green Jackets in 1991, and transferred from the active list to the Reserve of Officers in 1996 having reached the rank of Captain .
Ellwood was elected as a Councillor of Dacorum Borough Council in Hertfordshire in 1999, and unsuccessfully contested the parliamentary seat of Worsley in Manchester at the 2001 general election being defeated by the sitting Labour MP Terry Lewis by 11,787 votes. He achieved success at the 2005 general election, when selected to contest the safe Conservative seat of Bournemouth East to succeed the outgoing David Atkinson MP. Ellwood held Bournemouth East with a majority of 5,244 votes and remains the MP there. He made his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 19 May 2005.
A vocal supporter of David Cameron's campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party, Ellwood was appointed to the Opposition Whips Office in December 2005. In the July 2007 reshuffle, Cameron promoted Ellwood to his frontbench team as Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, with specific responsibilities for gambling, licensing and tourism. Ellwood has since stated that these responsibilities are also of specific interest to his Bournemouth constituents, a town of seaside tourism, numerous bars and nightclubs, and the site of a proposed casino development. He was criticised in the press after reportedly describing Liverpudlian landlords taking over pubs in his constituency as "criminals" in 2009. Ellwood said the comments had been taken out of context.
Following his return to Parliament in 2010, he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to then Defence Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, and in October 2011 was appointed PPS to David Lidington MP, Minister for Europe at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In October 2013, Ellwood was appointed PPS to Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP. On 15 July 2014, Ellwood was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
In 2010, Ellwood was threatened with arrest outside the House of Commons by the police after confronting them over an anti-war protestor.
Ellwood has also been appointed a Member of the Parliamentary Delegation to the NATO Assembly, 2014 and Parliamentary Advisor to the Prime Minister for the 2014 NATO Summit. He is a proponent of "double summer time".
In 2011, Ellwood served on the Special Select Committee set up to scrutinise the Bill which became the Armed Forces Act 2011. He was also a member of the Public Bill Committee for the Defence Reform Act 2014.
In 2015, he backed the move by IPSA to increase salaries for politicians by 10% when the rest of the public sector were on a freeze of 1%. He apologised for any offence caused by the comment that without the proposed raise to his £90,000 salary he would be "watching the pennies" but also reminded that he had taken a salary cut when becoming an MP.
In September 2015, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority named Ellwood and 25 current and former MPs who failed to settle a total of approximately £2,000 the previous year in overclaimed expenses, forcing them to be written off. The debts ranged from £309 to £7.50. The expenses claim that Ellwood had submitted of £26.50 was subsequently settled.
On 22 March 2017, during a terrorist attack on Parliament, Ellwood gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and CPR to police officer Keith Palmer, who later died of his injuries. Ellwood was called a "hero" by those at Westminster and the press, as photos surfaced of him with blood on his face while he crouched over the body of the dying police officer. Consequently, Ellwood received a lot of praise on social media for his actions, as well as being promised an appointment to the Privy Council for his response in the attack. Elwood's appointment to the Privy Council was formally approved on 12 April 2017.
In 2018, there was endorsement from many parts of the Conservative Party for Ellwood to run to be its next leader. However, he did not stand in the 2019 leadership election, but instead endorsed Matt Hancock, then subsequently Rory Stewart.
In July 2005, Ellwood married Hannah Ryan, a corporate lawyer, in East Yorkshire. He has a sister, Charlotte Ellwood-Aris. His brother, Jonathan, who was director of studies at the International School Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, was killed in the 2002 Bali bombing.
In June 2009, Ellwood was attacked by a gang of youths after confronting them for playing football in the street. The gang threw stones at him and Ellwood was punched in the head. A 17-year-old male was arrested over the attack.
Ellwood has written the following recent publications:
- Upgrading UK influence in the European Union – A strategy to improve upstream scrutiny of EU legislation (November 2012)
- Time to Change the Clocks – Arguing the case for moving our clocks forward (November 2010)-
- Post Conflict Reconstruction – Bridging the gap between Military and Civilian Affairs on the Modern Battlefield (November 2009)[permanent dead link]
- Stabilizing Afghanistan: Proposals for Improving Security, Governance, and Aid/Economic Development – Atlantic Council (April 2013)
- Leveraging UK Carrier Capability (September 2013)
- Improving Efficiency, Interoperability and Resilience of our Blue Light Services (December 2013)
- @Tobias_Ellwood (10 November 2018). "As a duel National I'm sorry to read this. Rain was a regular feature on the Western Front. Thankfully it did not prevent our brave heroes from doing their job" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "No. 51671". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 March 1989. p. 3187.
- "No. 52792". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 January 1992. p. 494.
- "No. 54022". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 May 1995. p. 6341.
- "No. 54539". The London Gazette. 1 October 1996. p. 13013.
- "No. 52983". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 July 1992. p. 11412.
- Waddington, Marc (6 October 2009). "Tory MP launches 'Liverpool criminals' slur". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
- Codd, Joanna (10 September 2010). "Bournemouth MP Tobias Ellwood threatened with arrest outside House of Commons". Bournemouth Echo. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
- Kirkup, James (25 November 2010). "Double summertime would 'make Britain richer, greener and happier'". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- "Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill". Parliament.uk. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
- "House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Defence Reform Bill 2013–14". Parliament.uk. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
- "Defence Committee Chair election: Rory Stewart MP elected" (PDF). Parliament.uk. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- "MPs 10% pay rise approved – a week after George Osborne imposed a 1% pay freeze on all other public sector workers". The Independent. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
- Bennett, Owen (20 July 2015). "Tory MP Tobias Ellwood Apologises After Claiming His £90k Salary Left Him 'Watching The Pennies'". The Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
- "MPs' expenses: Ipsa 'names and shames' those who ignored repayment requests". theguardian.com. 10 September 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
- "MPs named over written-off expenses". BBC News. 10 September 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- "My Thoughts on Brexit". Rt. Hon. Tobias Ellwood MP.
- "Hero MP in Parliament terror attack: Tobias Ellwood battled to save life of stabbed officer". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
- "'Hero' MP Tobias Ellwood tried to save stabbed officer". BBC News. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
- "People are full of praise for Tory MP Tobias Ellwood who tried to save the stabbed police officer's life in Westminster". The Irish News. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- Press Association (24 March 2017). "Tobias Ellwood appointed to privy council for Westminster attack response | UK news". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- "Tobias Ellwood on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
- "The next Tory leader: Runners and riders". 12 December 2018.
- Ellwood, Tobias (10 June 2019). "Delighted to endorse @MattHancock for PM". Twitter. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
- Reuters (16 June 2019). "Backing Stewart, junior defence minister Ellwood says Johnson needs to be tested". Reuters. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
- Craig, Olga (20 October 2002). "They knew bag 157 held their brother's remains". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
- Begley, Charles; Johnson, Andrew (27 October 2002). "Briton killed in Bali blast is buried while others wait". The Independent. London. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
- "MP beaten after confronting gang". BBC News. 21 June 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
- Official website
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Debrett's People of Today
- Guardian Unlimited Politics – Ask Aristotle: Tobias Ellwood MP
- Bournemouth East Conservatives
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Calling for the licensing of opium in October 2006
- Binge drinking in Bournemouth in February 2006
- David Cameron's election plans stolen by a car thief in November 2005
- BBC article on Bali bombing
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament
for Bournemouth East