Desmond was first elected as an MP for the New Forest in 1997. After university he taught A level Economics for 7 years before spending ten years as a bank manager responsible for risk management systems. In 2003 he was mobilised and served in the Army in Iraq and he remains a serving officer in the reserves. Desmond also spent 5 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 is currently Vice Chamberlain of HM Household. He holds regular constituency surgeries, and is well known as a runner, cyclist and Serpentine swimmer.