Andrea Leadsom

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Andrea Leadsom
MP
Andrea Leadsom MP.jpg
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 April 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Nicky Morgan
Member of Parliament
for South Northamptonshire
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Constituency created
Majority 20,478 (34.2%)
Personal details
Born (1963-05-13) 13 May 1963 (age 51)
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England[1]
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Ben Leadsom
Alma mater University of Warwick
Religion Anglican

Andrea Jacqueline Leadsom[2] (born 13 May 1963),[1][3] is the Conservative Member of Parliament for South Northamptonshire.[4] Since 9 April 2014 she has been Economic Secretary to the Treasury.

Early life[edit]

Leadsom was born in Aylesbury and attended Tonbridge Girls' Grammar School before reading Political Science at the University of Warwick.[1]

Career before Parliament[edit]

Leadsom worked in the financial sector for BZW, Barclays Bank - where she was Financial Institutions Director from 1993 to 1997 - and was Managing Director of De Putron Fund Management (DPFM) between 1997 and 1999. She was Senior Investment Officer at Invesco Perpetual from 1999 to 2009.[1]

Political career[edit]

Prior to becoming an MP, Leadsom was a Councillor on South Oxfordshire District Council between 2003 and 2007.[1][5] She contested Knowsley South constituency in the 2005 general election[1][5] and was a member of the Conservative A-List.[6] She was chosen to stand as the candidate in the newly created South Northamptonshire constituency in June 2006 and was elected at the 2010 general election with a majority of more than 20,000.

After entering the House of Commons, she was appointed a member of the Treasury Select Committee.[5] In July 2012, during the Libor scandal, she suggested that George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, should apologise to Ed Balls for "suggesting he was implicated in rate fixing."[7] In response to a specific question on a radio programme about whether Osborne should apologise she responded "Yes I do. I mean I think obviously he made a mistake and I think he should apologise."[7]

In February 2013 Leadsom decided that she would oppose equal marriage and vote against the Government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill to introduce same-sex marriage in England and Wales. She said she found the wording of the legislation “unacceptable”, and that she wanted to reflect the views of “so many” of her constituents, who felt that the bill was “deeply wrong”.[8] However, she later chose to register a positive abstention — by walking through both division lobbies — as she found herself "genuinely torn on the debate."[9]

On 9 April 2014 Leadsom was appointed Economic Secretary to the Treasury in the mini-reshuffle caused by Maria Miller's resignation from the Cabinet.

Constituency[edit]

Leadsom is a founding trustee of NORPIP, the Northamptonshire Parent Infant Partnership, a charity to help parents bond with their babies.[10] In 2009 she launched the Towcester job club, followed in 2011 by a job club in Brackley.[11]

Personal life[edit]

She married Ben Leadsom in 1993 and has two sons and one daughter.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g ‘LEADSOM, Andrea Jacqueline’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 2 Jan 2013
  2. ^ Search Results. london-gazette.co.uk
  3. ^ Andrea Leadsom – Parliamentary candidates – Telegraph. Ukpolitics.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved on 2012-05-08.
  4. ^ Home. Andrea Leadsom. Retrieved on 2012-05-08.
  5. ^ a b c Andrea Leadsom, www.parliament.org. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
  6. ^ ConservativeHome's Seats & Candidates blog: Where are the original A-Listers now? The 18 who have been selected for Conservative seats. Conservativehome.blogs.com (2009-04-21). Retrieved on 2012-05-08.
  7. ^ a b "Libor scandal: William Hague rejects Ed Balls apology calls". BBC news. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tory Northamptonshire MP: "I support the love of gay couples but it is unacceptable for them to be able to marry", www.pinknews.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-02-01
  9. ^ "Same Sex Marriage — UPDATED", Andrea Leadsom's blog. Retrieved 2013-05-05
  10. ^ "NORPIP:Board of trustees". NORPIP Nothamptonshire Parent Infant partnership. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Andrea Leadsom:Job Clubs". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 

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