This month’s Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces podcast features two of the 2019 intake MP’s along with Will Hall who talks to us about the recent spending announcement.
Our first guest is Richard Holden who was elected in December 2019. He has worked in both the public and private sectors, as well as in political campaigning. Most recently, before becoming an MP, he worked in the Department for Education as a Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Education.
Stuart Anderson is our next guest. Stuart was a soldier in the British Army and conducted three operational tours. After he left he went into the Defence and security industry before being elected in 2019. Amongst other things, Stuart sits on the Defence Select Committee and is a member of the UK delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Finally we hear about the Government's four year spending commitment. William Hall is Deputy Chairman of South Oxfordshire Conservatives and the Oxfordshire Area Committee. A former Councillor, Will's career has included advising companies and charities on large, complex infrastructure projects; defence issues; and education policy. Will takes us through some of the key general and specific elements of the settlement along with wider reactions.
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This month’s Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces podcast features three Parliamentarians each with their own insight and focus on the Armed Forces.
First we hear from Sarah Atherton MP, then Mark Menzies MP and finally the Party Chairman, Amanda Milling MP.
Sarah Atherton is the first Conservative MP Wrexham has had since the constituency’s creation in 1918. She is the first female to represent Wrexham and the first female Conservative MP elected to Westminster representing a Welsh constituency.
As an Army veteran and member of the Defence Select Committee, Sarah has frequently spoken up for the rights of military personnel and has called for the end of vexatious claims against veterans. In addition, Sarah has recently been appointed as Vice-Chair to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Veterans. She has also been appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Wales Office.
Mark Menzies was first elected in 2010 as the Conservative MP for Fylde, winning the seat for the fourth time in the General Election of 2019. His main political priorities are UK energy security, changing the planning system to empower local communities and limit inappropriate development and ensuring a vibrant future for the defence industry within the UK. He has undertaken the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme and is a vocal advocate for the defence sector within the Party and the wider political sphere. (Mark's interview was conducted in mid October).
The Party Chairman Amanda Milling has a background in market research for the financial services sector. She was elected to Parliament in 2015 and represents the constituency of Cannock Chase. She has served on numerous Committees and Sub-Committees, been PPS to the FCO and was Deputy Chief Whip. She became the Party Chairman in 2020. Amanda has taken part in the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme and sites the Armed Forces, along with Business and enterprise and education and young people as her main areas of interest.
November is the month of Remembrance and we would be grateful if you are able to contribute to the Royal British Legion fundraising efforts this year. Please go to https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/poppy-appeal to find out more and donate. If you have enjoyed this podcast why not consider becoming a member. Visit www.cfarmedforces.org for more information.
This month’s Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces podcast features three individuals with strong campaigning backgrounds- all of whom have served in the Army Reserve.
Hannah Jarvis has previously deployed overseas on Operations with the British Army as a Reservist. She has worked in Insurance and the civil service. She now works as a parliamentary caseworker for David TC Davis, is a School Governor and proud mum and is on the campaign trail as the Police and Crime Commisioner for Gwent. Find out more at www.hannahjarvis.org.uk
Jonny Ball has run campaigns at every level of government, from local to National & European elections. He led the MOD’s employer relationship management team and is a trusted networker within the veterans community, also consulting for large employers on their own veterans programs. His lengthy Army Reservist service includes operational tours of Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. He’s also the founder of Campaign Force.
Daisy Peck spent 6 years working in campaigns for the Conservative Party before joining Cicero as an account executive. She is also a Reservist in the Intelligence Corps and a keen supporter of Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces.
A huge thank you to each of them for joining us on this, our first episode. If you’d like to learn more or become a member please go to www.cfarmdeforces.org for more information
On this months episode we are joined by Ben Everitt MP, the MP for Milton Keynes North and we have the audio from this month’s panel discussion.
Our first guest is Ben Everitt the Member of Parliament for Milton Keynes North. Ben was elected in 2019 to Mark Lancaster’s former seat. He previously served as a councillor on Aylesbury Vale District Council and was head of strategy at ICAEW. His previous roles include being a special adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, working on various farms, grain trading and as a senior consultant for Deloitte.
Our Panel discussion was held in conjunction with the Conservative Policy Forum and Capita. Panelists James Sunderland MP, Cath Possamai and Ren Kapur MBE answered the question "Have we turned the corner in UK military recruitment and retention?" and answered and discussed questions from the panel. James Clark was the Chair.
This month’s Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces podcast features two individuals who are committed to serving their country, both in and out of uniform.
Darren Henry is the Member of Parliament for Broxtowe who gave his maiden speech in the House during Armed Forces Week. He formerly served 26 years in the Royal Air Force as a logistics officer.
Ren Kapur MBE is the founder and CEO of X-Forces Enterprise, which supports members of the Armed Forces community, start-up businesses. Since 2013, X-Forces Enterprise has supported over 1250 business ventures launched by veterans, service leavers, reservists, cadets and/or family members.
A huge thank you to each of them for joining us on this, our third episode. If you’d like to learn more or become a member please go to www.cfarmdeforces.org for more information. For more on Darren please visit https://www.darrenhenry.org.uk/ and for more on Ren please visit www.x-forces.com.
This month’s Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces podcast features three individuals each with their own individual link to the Armed Forces.
James Sunderland MP is the Member of Parliament for Bracknell who left the Army on winning his selection at the rank of Colonel.
Donna Gavin is a former Major who is on the candidates list and is spearheading @DigitalTories. As a former Royal Signaler she is taking part in the #RoyalSignals100 #100for100 challenge in June, where she will hike and run 100km across the Lake District in a single weekend. She’ll be wearing her Corps T-shirts and flying the flag to raise money for the Royal Signals Charity, improving the lives of serving signallers and disadvantage veterans. To sponsor her please click here.
Sean Howlett is a member who serves in the Army Reserve and is joining our operations team.
A huge thank you to each of them for joining us on this, our second episode. If you’d like to learn more or become a member please go to www.cfarmdeforces.org for more information.
This month’s Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces podcast features three individuals who give us their take on the relevance, values and standards and inspirational qualities of the UK Armed Forces.
Alicia Kearns MP is the Member of Parliament for Rutland and Melton who prior to her career in politics worked across the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Shaun Bailey AM, the current Conservative candidate of Mayor of London cites his early experience in the cadets as having a huge impact on the rest of his life.
Ed McGuinness is a member who served as an Officer in the Royal Artillery and stood as a candidate in Hornsey and Wood Green in GE2019.
A huge thank you to each of them for joining the host and President of the organisation, James Clark for this first episode. If you’d like to learn more or become a member please go to www.cfarmdeforces.org for more information.