The Rt Hon Sir Desmond Swayne TD


The Rt Hon Sir Desmond Swayne TD served as Minister of State at the Department for International Development from July 2014 until July 2016. He served as a Government Whip from September 2012 until July 2014. He was elected Conservative MP for New Forest West, in Hampshire, in 1997.

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for International Development

    • 2014 to 2016
  2. Government Whip, Vice Chamberlain of HM Household

    • 2013 to 2014
  3. Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

    • 2012 to 2013


  1. DFID Minister meets Nepal’s first ever female Speaker of Parliament
  2. UK announces new £4 million programme to support Ghana's general elections
  3. UK and Nepal celebrate 200 years of friendship
  4. Minister of State Desmond Swayne visit to Ukraine
  5. UK government funding to further international work of Scottish medics
  6. UK steps up support for Iraqi victims of ISIL
  7. Statement from Desmond Swayne on situation in Ukraine
  8. UK support to help keep schools open for Palestinian children
  9. Minister celebrates Scotland’s humanitarian heroes involved in Nepal earthquake response
  10. Eid message from International Development Minister Desmond Swayne