Tom Tugendhat, a 49-year-old Army veteran who chairs the UK Foreign Affairs Committee but has never held a ministerial role, conceded on Sunday that he took part in an illegal invasion of a sovereign state.
However, he expressed no regrets while being grilled about his leadership ambitions — despite an apparent lack of political management experience —by Sky News.
“In leading in the foreign affairs domain where I’ve very clearly stood up for our country, defending our country against Chinese economic threats and against Russian bullying in many different areas,” he told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday
“Well, I invaded a country once,” he quipped when asked about the “naughtiest thing” he had ever done.
“And the reality is that my entire career has been about serving our country and leading in combat operations in Iraq, in Afghanistan,” he added.