Mike Penning

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Mike Penning

Mike Penning has been the Conservative Party MP for Hemel Hempstead since 2005. He was minister of state for the armed forces for the Ministry of Defence from 15 July 2016 until June 2017. He lost his job in Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle after the 2017 snap general election.


Penning signed up to the British Army after finishing school, joining the Grenadier Guards and serving in tours of Northern Ireland, Germany and Kenya.

Ministerial porfolios

He was a shadow health minister from 2007 to 2010. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport) (Roads and Motoring) from 2010 to 2012. In 2012, he was appointed a Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office.[1] He was appointed as a junior minister at the Department for Work and Pensions in October 2013.[2]

In July 2014, Penning was appointed as minister of state at the Home Office and Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice.[3]

Arms industry events

Mike Penning and Conservative defence minister Michael Fallon attended the Army v Navy rugby match on 29 April 2017 at the invitation of Babcock; it is known that the CEO of Babcock, Archie Bethel, was also present. [4]


Penning has generally been in favour of updating the UK's nuclear defence system and has supported investigations into the Iraq War. [5]

Electoral results

In the 2015 general election, Penning was re-elected with a majority of 14,420. [6]




  1. Mike Penning, www.parliament.uk, accessed 7 October 2013.
  2. Michael Moore axed as Scottish secretary as reshuffle begins, BBC News, 7 October 2013.
  3. Ministerial appointments: July 2014, Prime Minister's Office, 15 July 2014.
  4. Hansard, Ministry of Defence: Official Hospitality: Written question - 112330 -Asked by Jon Trickett(Hemsworth) on: 10 November 2017, parliament.uk, last accessed 26 March 2018
  5. Mike Penning Sacked As Armed Forces Minister, Armed Forces News, 13 June 2017, accessed 26 March 2018
  6. Conservative Party holds Hertfordshire seats BBC News, 8 May 2015, accessed 18 May 2015
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Register of interests of members' secretaries and research assistants, 23 March 2016, parliament.uk, accessed 22 April 2016