Politics

Service History: How Many MPs Have Military Experience?

Six hundred and fifty Members of Parliament were elected following the 2019 General Election on 12 December.

Veterans continue to be well-represented in Parliament, a social enterprise has said.

CampaignForce CIC, a non-partisan organisation which trains veterans to serve in politics, says a total of 45 current MPs have served in the Armed Forces as a regular or reservist, which equates to 7% of all MPs.

The organisation says this compares to 5% of the working-age population being forces veterans.

The 45 MPs are made up of 24 with experience as a regular member of personnel and 21 with reservist experience.

Of the current MPs with a military background, 42 are men and three are women.

Forty-one represent the Conservative Party, while two are Labour members.

The Democratic Unionist Party also has two MPs, both having served in the Ulster Defence Regiment.

Re-elected for the Tories are Royal Artillery Commando veteran Johnny Mercer, as well as James Cleverly - Conservative Party Chairman.

Penny Mordaunt in Salisbury on Armed Forces Day 2019
Navy reservist Penny Mordaunt, who worked as Defence Secretary for 85 days, is no longer the only female MP with military experience (Picture: MOD).

RAF veteran Darren Henry makes his first appearance in the Commons, joining Afghan veteran Stuart Anderson.

Royal Logistic Corps Colonel James Sutherland arrives in Westminster, while Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster, a serving colonel in the Army Reserves, departs having stood down in November.

Two more women with military experience have been elected as MPs, joining former defence secretary and Royal Navy reservist Penny Mordaunt.

Sarah Atherton is a regular, while Flick Drummond is a reservist in the Intelligence Corps.

CampaignForce CIC's research shows a reduction in the number of MPs with military backgrounds from 2017 when there was a total of 48.