The chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee was the first Tory MP to declare his intention to run for a leadership race in 2022. There is no love lost between him and the Prime Minister – it is pretty clear clear of their heated clashes during committee hearings, including a fateful one where Johnson falsely said imprisoned British-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was in Tehran to train journalists. Since entering parliament, Tugendhat has remained in the backbenches and formed the hawkish China Research Group, which could serve as a useful vehicle for him to build support for a leadership campaign. He is popular with moderate Tories nostalgic for former Prime Minister David Cameron’s brand of liberal conservatism.
Job: Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee
Year of election: 2015
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