Patrick Mercer

Military Historian & Former Colonel

Patrick Mercer is a Conservative Party MP of 12 years, a former British Army Colonel, former journalist and reporter for The Daily Telegraph & BBC Radio 4 and a military historian. His military career has seen him serve in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Canada. As a politician he has been Shadow Minister for Homeland Security and Chairman of the House of Commons Sub-Committee on Counter-Terrorism. A great politics speaker, Patrick’s experience of both the military and current affairs ensures his talks as an after dinner speaker are both intriguing and engaging.

Patrick Mercer was commissioned into the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1975 as a Second Lieutenant. His rise through the ranks is evidence of Patrick’s suitability and success in the Military as he retired in 1999 as a Colonel. Seeing policy first hand in the military, mercer gives an interesting perspective of politics and its first hand impacts. During his time in the Army, Mercer completed nine tours in Northern Ireland as well as commanding in Bosnia and Canada. Mercer was mentioned in Despatches in 1983 for “gallant and distinguished service in Northern Ireland” during a particularly difficult time, earning a gallantry commendation in 1990 and being made an ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire’.

Upon retirement Patrick worked as the defence reporter for BBC Radio 4, working in a number of troubled ares, most notably Kosovo. His subsequent selection as the Conservative candidate for Newark saw Mercer leave the BBC but work as a freelance journalist for the Daily Telegraph.

His political career has enjoyed notable success, his first being elected to Parliament in the 2001 general election. He began as a back-bencher on the Defence Select Committee before becoming the newly created Shadow Minister for Homeland Security. After sucessfuly defending his seat in 2005, Mercer went on to become the Chairman of the House of Commons Sub-Committee on Counter-Terrorism in 2008. In 2010, Mercer more than doubled his majority vote in Newark. A wonderful after dinner speaker, Patrick is an accomplished and eloquent personality who can address a wide range of audiences. Further to his political career, having studied History at Oxford University, Mercer has enjoyed great success as a military historian with both fictional and non-fictional books, an aspect he can incorporate into his talks as an after dinner speaker.

Mercer’s diverse career as a Colonel in the British army, a journalist, a Conservative Party MP and a military historian has allowed him to become an interesting and well-informed politics speaker. The eloquence required to enjoy success as an MP provides him with the ability to grip, inspire and motivate an audience. Combined with his knowledge of the armed forces, both first-hand and through research, make him an particularly capable after dinner speaker.

To book Patrick Mercer as the politics speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Patrick is known to cover the following topics:

  • Politics Speaker
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Risk & Reward
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Perseverance