Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans

Responsibilities

The minister is responsible for defence people and veterans

  • civilian and service personnel policy
  • veterans policy including resettlement, transition, charities and Veterans Board
  • Armed Forces People Programme
  • mental Health
  • DIO better defence estate
  • armed forces pay, pensions and compensation
  • Armed Forces Covenant
  • service justice
  • welfare and service families
  • youth and cadets
  • security and safety including vetting (non-operations)
  • inquiries and inquests (operations and non-operations)
  • environment and sustainability
  • equality, diversity and inclusion

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP

Tobias Ellwood was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence on 14 June 2017. Tobias served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from July 2014 to June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for Bournemouth East in May 2005.

Education

Tobias was educated in Bonn and Vienna when his parents were overseas as members of the United Nations. He returned to attend Loughborough University and subsequently completed an MBA at City University Business School. He also completed the senior executive course in National and International Studies at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Career outside politics

Tobias was in the Royal Green Jackets from 1991 to 1996, and served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Kuwait, Germany, Gibraltar and Bosnia. He left the Army at the rank of Captain and is a current Army Reservist. Tobias was a senior business development manager with the London Stock Exchange for two years, and then with Allen and Overy in a senior role.

Family

Tobias is married to Hannah, and he has two young sons. He is a keen sportsman, a qualified pilot and an Eagle Scout.

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  1. New homes for veterans in time for Christmas

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  2. HRH The Prince of Wales awards MOD Apprentice of the Year 2017

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  3. Defence Secretary announces £250M investment in new homes for service families

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  4. Hundreds of Service personnel support London Poppy Day

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  5. New stats reveal veterans’ contribution to society, as Ministerial Board steps up support to Armed Forces

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  6. UK Government ministers host Poppyscotland launch

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  7. UK team returns following major success at the Invictus Games

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  8. UK team sets off to compete at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017

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  9. Defence Minister welcomes London Stock Exchange's commitment to Armed Forces

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  10. Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood DSEI Speech 2017

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