Patrick Mercer

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Person.png Patrick Mercer
Born Patrick John Mercer
Stockport, Cheshire, England
Nationality British
Alma mater The King's School, Exeter College, Oxford, Cranfield University
Religion Church of England
Spouse(s) Cait Mercer
Interests terrorism
Party Independent
Wikipedia page Patrick Mercer

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Newark

In office
7 June 2001 - 30 April 2014

Patrick Mercer (born 26 June 1956) is a conservative politician who has worked for the military and the BBC. He was Shadow Minister for Homeland Security between 2003 and 2007 during which time he was quoted widely on security and terrorism issues. He has also worked as a consultant for the private security firm Blue Hackle [1] which is principally involved in Iraqi corporate protection.


Mercer went to Private School in Chester. He joined Sandhurst in 1975, suggesting that he spent a year there in-between school and university, after which he attended Exeter College, Oxford. He received an MA in modern history in 1980. Mercer then joined the British Army. In 1986 he was part of a military training team in Uganda and in 1988 he attended the Army Staff College in Camberley, where he was later an instructor between 1994-95.[2] He also taught at the Army’s University at Cranfield. During the 1990s Mercer completed nine tours in Northern Ireland and commanded a battalion in Bosnia, Canada and Tidworth.[3] He left the Army and became the Defence Reporter for BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme. He reported from a number of trouble spots, notably Kosovo. Upon being selected as the Tory’s candidate in Newark, he left the Today Programme and became a freelance journalist writing for the Daily Telegraph. He was also part of the King’s College London Team that had been sent to design defence policy for East Timor.[4] In June 2003, Mercer was appointed to a newly created front bench position – Shadow Minister for Homeland Security - a position he held until March 2007 when he was demoted by David Cameron after saying that during his Army career he had seen “a lot of ethnic minority soldiers who were idle and useless, but who used racism as cover for their misdemeanours.”[5] He is now a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee.[6]

Visit to Afghanistan

In 2004 Saladin Security paid for Patrick Mercer the Conservative MP for Newark and Retford to visit Afghanistan. The entry in Mercer's register of interests reads as follows:

"19-25 June 2004, to Afghanistan and Pakistan on fact-finding visit. Flights and accommodation paid for by Saladin Security Limited. (Registered 29 June 2004)"[7].


Contact information

Newark and Retford Conservative Association
London Road
NG24 1TN
Tel: 01636 612837
Fax: 01636 612837

External Resources


  1. House of Commons, Register of Members' Interests, MERCER, Patrick (Newark) (Registered 7 June 2007)
  2. Debrett's People of Today, (Debrett's Peerage Ltd, 2007)
  3. About Patrick,, (accessed 2 May 2008)
  4. About Patrick,, (accessed 2 May 2008)
  5. Profile: Patrick Mercer, BBC News Online, 8 March 2007
  6. About Patrick,, (accessed 2 May 2008)
  7. Patrick Mercer, Overseas Trips, They Work For You, Accessed 17-September-2009
  8. House of Commons, Register of Members' Interests, MERCER, Patrick (Newark) (Registered 7 June 2007)