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. More recently, in 2017, Andrew achieved his highest majority so far, winning his fifth election by 13,778 votes, and gaining 60% of the overall vote.
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.
Andrew maintains an active interest in foreign affairs, and is the longest-standing member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, having been re-elected 3 times since 2010. His foreign interests also extend to chairmanship of a number of national and regional All-Party Parliamentary Groups, including those for Australia and New Zealand, Canada, British Central America, Switzerland, the Channel Islands, the British Overseas Territories, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Montserrat, and the Commonwealth. Andrew is also a governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, which works with emerging democracies to help them on their path to free and fair elections, and more stable national institutions. Most recently, in 2017, Andrew was also elected Chair of the British-Irish Parliamentary assembly, which promotes political co-operation and dialogue between Britain and Ireland.
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-
London Borough of Havering Councillor 1990-2002
Candidate for Glasgow Provan 1992
Candidate for Thurrock 1997
Member of Parliament for Romford 2001-
Chairman, European Young Conservatives 1993-1997
Executive Member, International Young Democrat Union 1994-2002
Chairman, International Young Democrat Union 1998-2002
Co-Chair, British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly 2016-
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-
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