About Andrew

Biography

Andrew Rosindell has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for the constituency of Romford since 2001.

Andrew’s interest in politics started at a very young age, 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 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. Andrew has held his incumbency in all 4 subsequent elections, and in 2017 achieved his highest majority yet with a 60 per cent vote share.

Known as one of Westminster’s most patriotic M.P.s, he has campaigned to have the Union Jack flown from important public buildings throughout the UK, and in 2010, was successful in his campaign to have it flown from the Houses of Parliament all year round. Andrew’s constituency of Romford voted 70 per cent to leave the EU and, as a determined euro-sceptic himself, he is determined to wholly represent these views within Parliament as Brexit unfolds.

Andrew maintains an active interest in foreign affairs, and is the longest-standing member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. 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, 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. He was also elected Co-Chair of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, which promotes political co-operation and dialogue between Britain and Ireland.

On a personal level, Andrew is a keen dog lover and enjoys history, heritage and travel.

 

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
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-

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