Andrew Bingham

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Andrew Bingham MP
Andrew Bingham MP
Member of Parliament
for High Peak
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Tom Levitt
Majority 4,677 (9.3%)
Personal details
Born (1962-06-23) 23 June 1962 (age 52)
Buxton, Derbyshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Jayne Bingham
Residence Chapel-en-le-Frith
Alma mater University of Derby
Profession Businessman
Website http://www.andrewbingham.org/

Andrew Russell Bingham[1] (born 23 June 1962)[2] is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been Member of Parliament (MP) for High Peak in Derbyshire[3] since winning the seat at the 2010 general election.

Early life[edit]

Bingham was born in Buxton and grew up there before later moving to Chapel-en-le-Frith. He attended Long Lane Comprehensive School, now known as Chapel-en-le-Frith High School.[4] He worked in industry before being elected to parliament, supplying engineering equipment to companies across the High Peak and North West England.

Political career[edit]

Bingham was first elected onto High Peak Borough Council at the 1999 elections, and was Councillor for Chapel West ward until the 2011 Local Elections. When the Conservatives gained control of the Council in 2007 he became executive member for Social and Community Development.[5]

After losing by 735 votes to the incumbent Labour MP Tom Levitt at the 2005 general election, Bingham regained the High Peak seat for the Conservatives at the 2010 general election. He gave his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 8 June 2010, during which he claimed to have the most beautiful constituency in the UK.

In 2010 he was appointed to the Work and Pensions Select Committee.[6]

Rebellions[edit]

Bingham has rebelled against his party on a number of occasions since being elected[7] and has stated that he is not afraid to defy the party whips if he feels strongly enough about something.[8]

One of Bingham's first rebellions was to vote for payments to Equitable Life policyholders to be made irrespective of the date on which policies were taken out.[9] Since then Bingham has rebelled over a number of different issues, including on the issue of legal aid reform for victims of mesothelioma.[10] Bingham spoke in the debate[11] and later said that he voted against the Government because the High Peak has had "a higher than national average rate of incidents of mesothelioma" and he felt that he had to put his constituency first.[12] Following further pressure from Bingham and other Conservative Backbench MPs, the Government decided to concede on the issue.[13]

Bingham has rebelled on various issues relating to the EU. His first rebellion was against increases to the 2011 EU budget,[14] and he also rebelled against the Government in October 2012, calling for the EU to cut its budget.[15] Afterwards, Bingham said that as many people are having to cut their budgets he felt that the EU should do the same.[16] In addition to his rebellions about the EU budget, Bingham was one of the 81 Conservative MPs who voted against the Government in October 2011, supporting a motion proposing a debate on UK membership of the European Union.[17] In August 2013 he was among 30 Conservative MPs who voted against the Government on the issue of the UK's military involvement in the Syrian civil war.[18]

Bingham's various rebellions against the Government—including in some high-profile votes—have led one national newspaper to describe him as a 'serial rebel'.[19] Noting this, Bingham has reiterated that his first priority is his constituency.[20]

Campaigns[edit]

Mottram–Tintwistle Bypass[edit]

Since being elected Bingham has been involved with the campaign for a bypass of the village of Tintwistle in his constituency (commonly known as the A57/A628 bypass, or the Mottram–Tintwistle Bypass). He has met campaigners for the bypass,[21] raised the issue at PMQs,[22] held a parliamentary debate about the bypass,[23][24] and secured a visit by the Transport Minister, Norman Baker.[25][26]

Since the Minister's visit, Bingham has organised a number of meetings with a group of key stakeholders to find a way forward,[27] as well as continuing to raise the issue of the bypass with Ministers in the House of Commons.[28]

Corbar Birth Centre[edit]

In May 2011 Derbyshire County NHS announced a review of the future of Corbar Birth Centre in Buxton. Bingham spoke out in support of the birth centre[29] and joined the campaign to save it.[30] Amongst other things,[31] Bingham raised the issue at PMQs[32][33] and organised an action day across the constituency in conjunction with the National Childbirth Trust.[34][35]

Despite this, members of the NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County cluster voted unanimously to close Corbar,[36][37] a decision which Bingham described as 'misinformed, misguided and wrong'.[38]

East Midlands Ambulance Service[edit]

In the summer of 2012, East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) announced plans to close the ambulance stations in Buxton and New Mills and replace them with a central hub in Chesterfield. Bingham met with EMAS to put his concerns to them and to state the case for an extra hub in the High Peak.[39] A vocal opponent of the EMAS proposals,[40] Bingham consistently warned about the length of the journey from the proposed central hub in Chesterfield,[41] saying he had 'grave concerns' that the plans would put lives at risk.[42] He also secured a short debate about the EMAS proposals in the House of Commons chamber,[43] during which he re-stated his opposition to the plans.[44][45]

In March the following year, EMAS announced that they had agreed to retain an ambulance station in the High Peak,[46] a decision which Bingham cautiously welcomed.[47]

Rural broadband[edit]

Bingham has also campaigned for better access to broadband in rural parts of his constituency, which he has said would benefit small businesses and the rural economy.[48] He has spoken in various debates on the issue in the House of Commons,[49] and in the course of one of them said that he regards broadband as the 'fourth utility' "as it is vital that businesses have it".[50]

Local events organised[edit]

Since being elected, Bingham has organised a number of local events either to raise money for charity or to support activities in the High Peak.[51] These have included a funding information day for local charities in early 2011,[52] a sponsored walk with Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin and a charity cricket match in 2013. In 2011 he organised a 'Small Business Day', with the aim of giving local businesses easy access to useful information[53] and in September 2012 Bingham hosted a 'Business Export Seminar' to help local businesses that wanted to start exporting.[54]

Personal life[edit]

Bingham follows most sports, particularly cricket and football. He has supported Buxton F.C. since he was a boy, saying that he prefers lower division football over the "glitzy image of the Premiership".[55] He is also an enthusiastic cook and enjoys cooking for friends and family.

He has been married to Jayne Bingham since 1986 and they live together in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Members returned to serve in Parliament at the General Election 2010". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Andrew Bingham MP". BBC Democracy Live (BBC). Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Getting to Work". Andrew Bingham. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Andrew Bingham". London: Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "High Peak Borough Council - Press Releases - Profile: Cllr Andrew Bingham - Executive, Social and Community Development". High Peak Borough Council. 17 September 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Andrew Bingham MP Biography". www.parliament.uk. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Voting Record - Andrew Bingham MP, High Peak". publicwhip.org. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Difficult decisions". Andrew Bingham. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Equitable Life (Payments) Bill - Clause 1 - Payments - 10 Nov 2010 at 14:45". publicwhip.org. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Exception in respiratory (industrial disease or illness) cases". Hansard. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Exception in respiratory (industrial disease or illness) cases". Andrew Bingham. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Legal Aid, Mesothelioma, and rebelling". Andrew Bingham. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Government concession on Mesothelioma". Andrew Bingham. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Draft EU Budget 2011 - 13 Oct 2010 at 20:24". publicwhip.org. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Multiannual Financial Framework". Hansard. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "The EU Budget and horseshoes". Andrew Bingham. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  17. ^ "In full: MPs who backed EU referendum motion". BBC. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  18. ^ "Syria debate: the Tory rebels who voted against government on military action". The Guardian. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "Tory rebels entrench their positions". The Independent. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  20. ^ "Planning proposals". Andrew Bingham. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  21. ^ "Andrew meets with Longdendale Bypass Siege Committee". Glossop Chronicle. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  22. ^ "Oral Answers to Questions: Prime Minister". Hansard. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Andrew Bingham MP - Mottram / Tintwistle Bypass Debate 21/12/10". Youtube. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  24. ^ "MP Andrew Bingham win promise of ministerial visit over Tintwistle-Mottram bypass". Manchester Evening News. 22 December 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  25. ^ "New hope for Glossopdale bypass". Glossop Advertiser. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  26. ^ "Bypass Wait". Glossop Chronicle. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  27. ^ "Supporters to put business case forward for Mottram-Tintwistle bypass". Glossop Advertiser. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  28. ^ "Road Capacity (North-West)". Hansard. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  29. ^ "A6 birth fears". Buxton Advertiser. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  30. ^ "MP Andrew asks for Corbar to be removed from consultation". Buxton Advertiser. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  31. ^ "Petition calls for Corbar to be saved". Buxton Advertiser. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  32. ^ "Prime Minister's Questions". Hansard. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  33. ^ "Corbar fight goes to Westminster". Buxton Advertiser. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  34. ^ "Chance to sign petition during NCT Action day". Buxton Advertiser. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  35. ^ "People Power!". Buxton Advertiser. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  36. ^ "Darley Dale and Corbar maternity units to close". BBC News. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  37. ^ "Corbar’s future could go to Health Secretary". Buxton Advertiser. 18 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  38. ^ "Andrew reacts to Corbar closure decision". Andrew Bingham. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  39. ^ "'Void' at heart of 999 proposal". Buxton Advertiser. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  40. ^ "Anger over new pledge". Buxton Advertiser. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  41. ^ "Concerns over High Peak ambulance hub plans". itv.com. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  42. ^ "Ambulance hubs 'put lives at risk'". The Sunday Express. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  43. ^ "Christmas Adjournment - Health". Hansard. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  44. ^ "Andrew Bingham MP - EMAS speech 20-12-12". Youtube. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  45. ^ "MP takes case to the top". Derbyshire Times. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  46. ^ "High Peak to keep an ambulance station". Derbyshire Times. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  47. ^ "Andrew reacts to EMAS decision". Andrew Bingham. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  48. ^ "Andrew delighted at New Mills broadband news". Andrew Bingham. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  49. ^ Warman, Matt (20 May 2011). "MPs push for better rural broadband". London: Telegraph.co.uk. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  50. ^ "Rural Broadband and Mobile Coverage". Hansard. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  51. ^ "Supporting and promoting the High Peak". Andrew Bingham. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  52. ^ "Andrew's Funding Information Day proves a success". Andrew Bingham. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  53. ^ "Minister hails business event". Buxton Advertiser. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  54. ^ "Peak MP’s bid to help businesses". Buxton Advertiser. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  55. ^ "About Andrew". Andrew Bingham. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 

External links[edit]

Civic offices
Preceded by
Carole Elizabeth Cobb
Councillor for Chapel West Ward on High Peak Borough Council
1999 - 2011
Succeeded by
Cllr Timothy Norton
Preceded by
unknown
Executive Member for Social and Community Development on High Peak Borough Council
2007 - 2010
Succeeded by
Cllr Jean Wharmby
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Tom Levitt
Member of Parliament for High Peak
2010–present
Incumbent