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MP to serve in Iraq
Desmond Swayne
The MP has been in the TA since 1987
A Conservative MP has been called up to serve in Iraq, it has emerged.

Desmond Swayne is expected to be deployed with an infantry unit in a matter of days.

The New Forest West MP is a Territorial Army major and is likely to be deployed for six months.

Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said he was proud to have one of his MPs serving in the Gulf.

Ex-Guards office Mr Duncan Smith said: "I will be very sorry to lose the Parliamentary services of Desmond whilst he serves in the Gulf.


"However, we are all very proud to have someone in our ranks serving in an area of serious conflict.

"We should not underestimate the dangerous work he will undertake.

"I wish him and his colleagues well and look forward to their safe return."

Mr Swayne joined the TA in 1987 and serves with the Warwickshire and Worcester Yeomanry squadron - part of the Royal Mercian Light Yeomanry reservists.

During his absence, Mr Swayne's parliamentary duties will be shared by fellow MPs who will also help with his constituency work.

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