Andrew lives in Colne, in the heart of Pendle, and was elected to represent Pendle in Parliament on 6th May 2010. Before being elected to Parliament he was a self-employed insurance consultant running a small business in Greater Manchester. The pressures of working six days a week and running a business in the current economic climate ensured Andrew was well aware of the pressures small businessmen across Pendle face.
Andrew is involved in numerous community groups across Pendle. He is the Honorary Vice President of Pendle Phoenix RUFC and a Patron of SELRAP, the AHS Foundation and East Lancashire Against Fluoridation, as well as the former President of Nelson Brass Band. Andrew also serves as a school governor at an infant school in Nelson. In his spare time he enjoys walking and in 2008 took part in a trek along the Great Wall of China personally raising over £5,000 for charity. In July 2010 Andrew ran the Pennine Lancashire 10K raising over £1,000 for Pendleside Hospice.
Andrew currently serves as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Foreign Secetary Rt Hon Boris Johnson.
Andrew campaigned vigorously against the controversial shake-up of hospital services which saw the removal of blue-light emergency services from Burnley General Hospital on 1st November 2007. In 2006/2007 Andrew spoke out against the proposed cuts to the local fire service, which saw the loss of a fire engine in Colne and one in Barnoldswick. He also conducted a major survey of residents views on crime and anti-social behaviour across Pendle during which over 35,000 "We Do Not Buy or Sell at this Door" cards were provided free to local residents.
Working alongside Pendle's Conservative Councillors in 2007, Andrew campaigned against the local Lib Dems proposals to merge Pendle and Burnley Councils. Following his campaign this costly proposal, which would have seen decision making become even more remote from local residents, was rejected by the Government. Andrew also campaigned against above inflation council tax increases (Pendle Council Tax increased by 4.95% in 2007 and 4.95% in 2008) and is pleased by the measures the Government introduced to ensure a council tax freeze in 2011/12.
During 2008, Andrew led the fight against the Labour Government’s plans to close a further six of Pendle's sub-Post Offices. He launched a petition which collected over 4,000 signatures against the cuts and lobbied East Lancashire's Labour MP's to suspend the closure programme. Sadly the cuts still went ahead, bringing the number of Pendle's Post Offices closed during Labours 13 years in power to 16 branches.
Since his election as Pendle's MP Andrew has been a strong voice for the local area, regularly raising the concerns of local residents and businesses in the House of Commons. Since delivering his Maiden Speech on 17th June 2010 in a debate on building a high skilled economy Andrew has raised issues such as fuel poverty, PCSOs and the importance of protecting spending on the NHS. Andrew has been particularly vocal on the importance of manufacturing jobs and the aerospace sector to Pendle frequently raising the concerns of local firms. He has also highlighted individual residents’ problems to Ministers, including a case of telecoms fraud in Brierfield, property freeholders abusing their position in Nelson and the Yousaf Family murders in Pakistan.
Andrew believes the most important role of an MP is to represent their constituents and to work hard to resolve local problems. That's why Andrew is working with residents at a very local level to help fight for the local community on the issues that matter most to them. He also keeps residents up to date with a regular "Pendle Matters" newsletters focusing on local issues.