Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Minister for the Middle East and Africa)


Responsibilities include:

• Middle East
• Africa
• counter terrorism
• countering violent extremism
• consular policy
• illegal wildlife trade
• ministerial oversight of FCO Services

Current role holder: Tobias Ellwood MP

Tobias Ellwood was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in July 2014. He was elected Conservative MP for Bournemouth East in May 2005.


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.


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. Minister for the Middle East visits Iran

    • News story
  2. Minister for North Africa statement on human rights organisations in Egypt

    • Press release
  3. Minister Ellwood statement on Syria ceasefire violations

    • News story
  4. Minister Ellwood statement on Jerusalem attack

    • Government response
  5. UK welcomes DRC political deal

    • Press release
  6. Foreign Office helps over 1,000 Brits make it home for Christmas

    • News story
  7. Minister for Africa visits South Sudan

    • Press release
  8. South Sudan at a crossroads

    • News story
  9. Minister Ellwood statement on Lebanon cabinet

    • News story
  10. Minister for Africa statement on the political situation in DRC

    • Press release