Who is Tom Tugendhat?
- Tom Tugendhat was one of the five frontrunners for the post of UK PM
- Tugendhat is one of the most left-wing of Conservatives
- However, he feels taxes right now are a little too high
Tom Tugendhat, Conservative member of Parliament from Tonbridge, was among the first people to throw their hat in the prime ministerial ring when Boris Johnson resigned. A former soldier, Tugendhat’s pitch to the people of Britain is a promise to take them out of the burgeoning cost-of-living function. A backbencher, albeit prominent, Tugendhat was in the news last year for condemning the fall of Afghanistan capital Taliban. “This does not feel like defeat, but at the moment it damn well feels like it,” Tugendhat had said.
A politician who describes himself as clean, Tugendhat has promised an unrelenting focus on the cost-of-living crisis. The most left-wing candidate among the five Conservatives still in the fray, Tugendhat, however, is looking to slash taxes. “Taxes, bluntly, are too high,” Tugendhat said.
Tugendhat is in many ways, a slightly different candidate. Unlike most others in the fray, Tugendhat did not serve in Boris Johnson’s cabinet. As such, Tugendhat has a no reason to defend Johnson’s actions. Unlike other leaders, Tugendhat has had no reason to justify Partygate and other scandals.
Back in 2020, Tugendhat had a lot to say on the climate crisis. He had said the climate crisis is “one of four biggest challenges.” However, the climate crisis has not featured in his campaign this time.
Tugendhat was brought up in London and Sellindge, near Ashford in Kent. He then went on to study theology at Bristol University. Subsequently, Tugendhat learned to speak Arabic in Yemen during his master’s degree in Islamic studies at Cambridge University. He joined the Territorial Army in 2003.
He later rose to the role of lieutenant colonel, served in Iraq and Afghanistan and received an MBE for his operational efforts. As a Foreign Office diplomat, he also assisted Afghanistan’s national security adviser and later worked with the governor of Helmand province.