Andrew was elected as the Member of Parliament for Burton and Uttoxeter in May 2010 and has a proven track record of standing up for local people and achieving success. Andrew has consistently taken the issues that matter to local people right to the very top, lobbying the Prime Minister, Chancellor and other senior Ministers on a range of issues. Sustaining economic growth in Burton and Uttoxeter, by supporting businesses to expand, and helping people back into work are all personal priorities for Andrew.
Andrew worked tirelessly to secure major road improvements for the A50 around Uttoxeter, and after putting forward a strong a case for the investment, £40 million was granted to improve the road – investment which has already seen 2,500 additional manufacturing jobs created at JCB. Andrew is clear that improvements such as these are vital to make sure that Burton and Uttoxeter can continue to go from strength to strength.
Since he was elected in 2010, Andrew has worked hard to support job seekers to get back into work, and organised jobs fairs to bring together employers offering positions with those looking for work. He also continues to campaign for better broadband in the constituency, for vital safety improvements on local roads and against onshore wind turbines.
Andrew supports local community groups and charities, and he has personally led campaigns to collect gifts to send to troops serving overseas at Christmas time, to restore the grave of local World War One hero and Victoria Cross winner William Coltman VC, and many more. He is a committed supporter of the Burton Addiction Centre, the YMCA and East Staffordshire Citizens Advice Bureau – to name but a few. These are just a few of the groups and organisations that do remarkable work across Burton and Uttoxeter, and Andrew makes regular visits to charities and community groups so he can see their good work in action, and also so he can support them in any way he can.
In Parliament, Andrew has had a strong track record of raising important local, national and international issues, and he served on a number of committees to make sure that Government legislation receives proper scrutiny. Andrew has also spent four years as Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group [APPG] – a role he attaches great importance to given the thousands of people employed in Burton by brewers and pub companies. He has also served as Chairman of the Kashmir APPG and Secretary of the APPG on Drug Misuse.
Originally from Dudley, Andrew lives in Burton with his wife Kate. As a huge Burton Albion supporter he is a regular at the Pirelli Stadium, and given his ardent support for another Burton institution – great British beer, he also enjoys a good pint followed by the occasional curry.
Andrew has a background in business, and before he was elected an MP, he worked for his family engineering business and also in property and finance for a building society. Away from business, Andrew also worked in the European Parliament, where he was the Conservative Party’s advisor on farming. He has also held the important roles of Chief of Staff to Theresa May MP and Eric Pickles MP.