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Leo Docherty is a British politician serving as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Europe since September 2022. He served as Minister of State for Europe from September to October 2022. He served as Minister for Defence People from July 2022 to September 2022. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Aldershot since 2017. Prior to being elected as an MP he served in the Scots Guards, before working in publishing and for the Conservative Party. He is the author of Desert of Death (2007).
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Leo Docherty was born on October 4, 1976 (age 46 years) in Glasgow, Scotland. He grew up in Gloucestershire along with his parents. He studied Swahili and Hindi at SOAS, the University of London between 1996 and 2000, before attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst the following year. From 2001 to 2007 he served in the Scots Guards. After being posted to London on ceremonial duties and a period spent in Germany, he served operationally in Iraq and Afghanistan as a British Army officer.
Docherty wrote about his first-hand account of the war in Afghanistan in his book Desert of Death after leaving the army, which was published by Faber in 2007. Living in Didcot in Oxfordshire, he created and worked as editor and publisher of Steppe magazine – a now-defunct publication that covered the arts, culture, history, landscape and people of Central Asia. He was appointed Director of the Conservative Middle East Council in 2010, a role in which he served until being elected as an MP.
He stood successfully as the Conservative candidate in the Hagbourne ward of South Oxfordshire District Council in May 2011, standing down at the end of his four-year term when the wards were revised. Leo Docherty stood unsuccessfully as the Conservative candidate in the Wallingford division of Oxfordshire County Council in May 2017.
Leo Docherty unsuccessfully applied to be the Conservative Party candidate for the Labour Party-held Oxford East constituency in 2014. He was instead chosen to contest the safe Labour Party-held the seat of Caerphilly in the 2015 general election, where he came third.
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Docherty was selected in 2017 as the Conservative Party candidate for Aldershot after the incumbent Conservative MP Gerald Howarth announced he was standing down at the next general election. The Financial Times called his selection “the highest-profile tussle over a candidate choice, [in which] the party leadership rejected a request from activists in Aldershot to be allowed to consider Daniel Hannan, the prominent Eurosceptic MEP, for the safe Tory seat”.
He was duly elected at the 2017 general election. In the House of Commons, he sits on the Defence Committee and Committees on Arms Export Controls (formerly Quadripartite Committee). He backed Boris Johnson in the 2019 Conservative Party leadership election. On 29 July 2019, Johnson appointed Docherty as an Assistant Government Whip.
In September 2019, Leo’s brother Paddy Docherty wrote an open letter to The Guardian urging him to resign, writing: “Now I am simply appalled that this government, of which you are sadly a part, has become the principal threat to the lives and liberties of the people. Please do the decent thing, and resign.”
On 21 April 2021 Docherty succeeded Johnny Mercer as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence People and Veterans. He became Minister for Defence People on 7 July 2022. In the six months after being elected as an MP, Docherty registered four trips to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, costing over £15,000 and paid for by the Governments of the host countries. Prior to this, his election campaign had benefited from donations totaling over £10,000 from donors with links to the Gulf States.
As Chair of the Conservative Middle East Council and since serving as an MP, Docherty has frequently praised the work of the governments in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and has been subject to some criticism from opposition MPs and journalists, such as Peter Oborne for his links and his failure to always declare his register of interests when speaking on the subject in Parliament.
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Leo Docherty has denied any conflict of interest and, as Director of the Conservative Middle East Council, responded to criticism of donations received there as not having influenced decision-making within the group. Docherty’s trips were worth £26,893 in total and were the highest value of any MP’s trips during the year following the 2017 general election. In September 2022, Leo Docherty was appointed as a minister of state at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
Leo Docherty is married to Lucy Docherty, they had their wedding in the United Kingdom. His wife is a private person and they have two children. Human rights groups were concerned that he could be made minister for the Middle East. Leo has accepted over £30,000 in hospitality from repressive Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE since 2017. As of 2022, Leo Docherty is married to Lucy Docherty are still married and living a happy life with their children.
Leo Docherty net worth
How much is Leo Docherty worth? Leo Docherty net worth is estimated at around $4 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a politician. Leo Docherty’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $400,000 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential politicians in the United Kingdom. Leo Docherty stands at an appealing height of 1.85m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.