Johnny Mercer is not a career politician having served in the British Army until 2014 and seeing active service during 3 tours of Afghanistan. He was elected as an MP in 2015, taking the seat from Labour, and held the seat in 2017 increasing his share of the vote further. He is known for being independently minded and sometimes outspoken, highly driven and has been tipped as a possible candidate for future Party Leader. He was voted 2018 Parliamentarian of the Year by ConHome for his campaigning on behalf of ex-servicemen. He also took part in last years "Celebrity Hunted" on Channel 4 for Stand Up to Cancer, which unsurprisingly he won.
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