Sir Desmond Swayne MP



Sir Desmond Swayne was born in 1956 and was educated at Bedford School and St Andrews University.

He was a school master from 1981 to 1987 and a manager with the Royal Bank of Scotland from 1987 to 1997 when he was elected to Parliament for the New Forest West constituency.

He served as an Army officer in the Reserves for over 30 years. He was called up and deployed to Iraq from July to December 2003. During this service he contributed a popular audio diary to BBC Radio Four.

Sir Desmond was knighted in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list in June 2016.  He was made a Privy Councillor in the New Year’s Honours List 2012.

To keep fit, he swims a quarter of a mile in the Serpentine daily throughout the year when Parliament is in session.  He runs and cycles in London and the New Forest.