The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP


Tobias Ellwood was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence from June 2017 to July 2019. 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.


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.

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Minister for the Middle East and Africa)


  1. New veterans ID cards rolled out to service leavers
  2. Military personnel receive over £4million in extra cash to protect them from Scottish tax hikes
  3. Defence Secretary calls for veteran-led support to be at the heart of mental health services
  4. Universities urged to boost support for armed forces
  5. New initiatives introduced to support modern service life
  6. New programme launched for armed forces personnel seriously wounded in conflict
  7. New initiative to step up veterans' employment in the automotive sector
  8. Defence Secretary announces five-year plan for key military sites
  9. Defence Secretary extends housing offer to veterans
  10. First Homes Handed Over in Ludgershall