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Sir Hugo Swire becomes an ambassador for the Tutu Foundation UK

By: stagedoorscribbler - June 25, 2018

Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

We are delighted that Sir Hugo Swire, the long-serving Conservative MP for East Devon, has agreed to become an Ambassador for the Tutu Foundation UK.

Sir Hugo, who agreed to accept the position after meeting Tutu Foundation chair Clive Conway at the House of Commons, is another high-profile ambassador for the charity.

He has impressive credentials, was first elected as MP 17 years ago and has a wealth of experience in Parliament. Among his many high-ranking positions he is a former Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He also has an impressive  background in the arts, was a director of Sothebys and Head of Development at the National Gallery. In 2004 he was appointed  Shadow Minister for Arts and went on to serve as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in David Cameron’s  first Shadow cabinet. After the 2010 general election Sir Hugo was first appointed Minister of State for Northern Ireland in the Coalition Government and in 2012  became Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He became a Privy Councillor in 2011

He retired to the backbenches in July 2016 and was knighted for his political and public service the following month.

Outside Parliament Sir Hugo has helped raise millions of pounds for different charities as an auctioneer and is a Trustee for the Fund for Refugees.