About Andrew

Biography

Andrew Rosindell M.P. is the Conservative Member of Parliament for the constituency of Romford. 

Born in Romford, Andrew was schooled locally at Rise Park and Marshalls Park School on Pettits Lane.

Andrew’s interest in politics started at a very young age and he joined the Conservative Party at the age of 14.  By the age of 16, he was elected Chairman of the Romford Young Conservatives.

Andrew became a councillor in the Chase Cross Ward, in the London Borough of Havering in 1990 and by 1998, he achieved the highest Conservative vote share in London – 88 per cent.

Andrew was elected to the House Commons in 2001 as the Member of Parliament for Romford and recorded the highest swing to the Conservatives, defeating the incumbent Member of Parliament, Eileen Gordon M.P. (Labour) with a swing of 9.2, achieving a majority of 5,977.  It was the first seat to return to the Conservatives after the Labour landslide and Mr. Blair’s election of 1997. In 2004, Andrew was appointed as a Vice–Chairman of the Conservative Party. 

At the 2005 election, Andrew almost doubled his majority to over 11,500 and 2010 Andrew was returned for a third term with a majority of 16,954 and a 56 per cent share of the votes cast.

Known as one of Westminster’s more patriotic M.P.s, Andrew works with the British Overseas Territories, Crown Dependencies, and Commonwealth Realms.  Andrew is also the Chairman of the Houses of Parliament Flags and Heraldry Committee, an All Party Parliamentary Group formed in 2008.

In 2010 he campaigned successfully for the Union Flag to be flown constantly from the Houses of Parliament above Victoria Tower.  Previously a much smaller flag had only flown on days when parliament was in session.  As a national landmark and focal point of London, Andrew along with many other colleagues thought it important the flag fly proudly all year around. 

He also takes a special interest in St. George’s Day and has campaigned for it to be a national holiday much like Ireland and Australia, who proactively celebrate their national days with bank holidays and festivities. 

After the 2010 election Andrew was elected to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, which is charged with monitoring the activities of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including the diplomatic service, and broader international issues.

Andrew has recently been appointed as a board member of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, which works with emerging democracies to strengthen institutions and help them on their path to free and fair democracy.

History of Parliamentary Positions

Opposition Whip 2005-07
Shadow Minister for Home Affairs (Animal Welfare) 2007-10

Select Committee Positions

Regulatory Reform 2001-05
Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments 2002-03
Constitutional Affairs 2004-05
Foreign Affairs 2010-
Panel of Chairs 2010-

Electoral History

London Borough of Havering Councillor 1990-2002
Candidate for Glasgow Provan 1992
Candidate for Thurrock 1997
Member of Parliament for Romford 2001-

International Bodies

Chairman, European Young Conservatives 1993-1997
Executive Member, International Young Democrat Union 1994-2002
Chairman, International Young Democrat Union 1998-2002

History of Party Positions

Member, National Union Executive Committee of the Conservative Party 1986-88 and 1992-94
Chairman, Romford Young Conservatives 1983-84
Chairman, Greater London Young Conservatives 1987-88
International Secretary, National Young Conservatives 1991-98
Chairman, National Young Conservatives 1993-94
Chairman, Romford Conservative Association 1998-2001
Member, Conservative Friends of Gibraltar 2002-
Member, Conservative Christian Fellowship
Vice-Chairman (Campaigning), Conservative Party 2004-05
Chairman, Conservative Friends of Australia and New Zealand 2010-

Other positions

Chairman, Conservative Friends of Australia and New Zealand
Secretary, Falkland Islands All Party Group
Chairman, Flags & Heraldry Committee 2008-
Member, Flag Institute
Executive Director, Westminster Foundation for Democracy