|Member of Parliament
for Bournemouth East
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||David Atkinson|
12 August 1966 |
New York City, New York, USA
|Alma mater||Loughborough University, London Business School|
|Service/branch||Royal Green Jackets|
|Years of service||1991–1996|
Ellwood was born in New York City and educated at schools in Bonn and Vienna. He went to Loughborough University from 1985–90, where he received a BA (Hons) degree, and the Cass Business School at City University from 1997-8, where he was awarded an MBA. On leaving education he joined the British Army and the Royal Green Jackets in 1991. He left the army with the rank of Captain in 1996. After resigning his commission he became a researcher to the Conservative MP Tom King. He was elected as the chairman of the Hertfordshire South West Conservative Association for a year in 1998, and has been a senior business manager with the London Stock Exchange since 1999.
He was elected as a councillor to the Dacorum Borough Council in 1999, and unsuccessfully contested the parliamentary seat of Worsley at the 2001 general election when he was defeated by the sitting Labour MP Terry Lewis by 11,787 votes. He was successful at the 2005 general election, when he was selected to contest the safe Conservative seat of Bournemouth East when he succeeded the retiring David Atkinson. Ellwood held Bournemouth East with a majority of 5,244 votes and remains the MP there. He made his maiden speech on 19 May 2005.
A vocal supporter of David Cameron's campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party, Ellwood was appointed to the Opposition Whips Office in December 2005. In the July 2007 reshuffle, Cameron promoted Ellwood to his frontbench team as Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, with specific responsibilities for gambling, licensing and tourism. Ellwood has since stated that these responsibilities are also of specific interest to his Bournemouth constituents, a town of seaside tourism, numerous bars and nightclubs, and the site of a proposed casino development.
Following his re-election to Parliament, Ellwood was appointed PPS to then Defence Secretary, Dr. Liam Fox, and in October 2011 was appointed PPS to the Minister for Europe The Rt. Hon David Lidington MP in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
In 2011, he was a member of the special Select Committee set up to scrutinise the Bill that became the Armed Forces Act 2011. He was also a member of the Public Bill Committee for the Defence Reform Bill.
Tobias has written the following recent publications:
Upgrading UK influence in the European Union - A strategy to improve upstream scrutiny of EU legislation - Nov 2012 - http://www.openeurope.org.uk/Content/Documents/Pdfs/upgradingukinfluence.pdf
Time to Change the Clocks - Arguing the case for moving our clocks forward - Nov 2010 - http://www.tobiasellwood.com/daylight-saving-measures
Post Conflict Reconstruction - Bridging the gap between Military and Civilian Affairs on the Modern Battlefield - Nov 2009 - http://www.firstdefence.info/documents/Post_Conflict_Reconstruction.pdf
Stabilizing Afghanistan: Proposals for Improving Security, Governance, and Aid/Economic Development - Atlantic Council - Apr 2013 http://www.acus.org/files/transcripts/bsc130409afghanistanfuture.pdf
Leveraging UK Carrier Capability - RUSI - Sept 2013 http://www.rusi.org/downloads/assets/201309_OP_Leveraging_UK_Carrier_Capability.pdf
Ellwood married Hannah Ryan, a corporate lawyer, in July 2005 in East Yorkshire.
- Kirkup, James (25 November 2010). "Double summertime would 'make Britain richer, greener and happier'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- "Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill". parliament.uk. Retrieved 20 Sep 2013.
- "House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Defence Reform Bill 2013-14". Parliament.uk. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
- "MP beaten after confronting gang". BBC News. 21 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
- His website
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Tobias Ellwood MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Tobias Ellwood MP
- Bournemouth East Conservatives
- Calling for the licensing of opium in October 2006
- Binge drinking in Bournemouth in February 2006
- David Cameron's election plans stolen by a car thief in November 2005
- BBC article on Bali bombing