Desmond was first elected as an MP for the New Forest in 1997.
After university he taught A level Economics for seven years before spending ten years as a bank manager responsible for risk management systems.
In 2003 Desmond was mobilised and served in the Army in Iraq. He remains a serving officer in the reserves. Desmond also spent five years as a board member of an investment fund.
From 2005 to 2012 Desmond was David Cameron’s Parliamentary Private Secretary. He became a member of the Privy Council in 2011. He was subsequently appointed a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, and Vice Chamberlain of HM Household. In July 2014, he was appointed Minister of State for International Development.
Desmond holds regular constituency surgeries, and is well known as a runner, cyclist and Serpentine swimmer.