Andrew Bowden

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Sir Andrew Bowden MBE (born 8 April 1930) is a British Conservative Party politician.[1][2]

Bowden was educated at Ardingly College.

He started his career as a sales executive. He served as a councillor on Wandsworth Borough Council from 1956 to 1961 and as national chairman of Young Conservatives from 1960 to 1961.[1] He received an MBE in 1961.[1] He entered the House of Commons on his third attempt in 1970 by gaining the Brighton Kemptown seat from the Labour Party.[1][2] He remained Member of Parliament for the seat until his defeat by Labour's Desmond Turner in the 1997 election.[1][2][3][4] As an MP, he acted as a parliamentary consultant for Southern Water.[5] He was a member of the Council of Europe from 1987 to 1997.[1]

He was accused of failing to register an election donation of £5,319 from lobbyist Ian Greer, who acted for Mohammed Al Fayed as well as business interests with the House of Fraser.[4] In recent years he has become something of a regular on the poker circuit.[6] He also plays chess and golf.[1] From 1975 to 1997, he served as national president of the Captive Animals Protection Society.[1] He is a patron of the Sussex & Kent ME/CFS Society.[7] He is President of Brighton's Royal British Legion branch.[8] He has also acted as Vice President of the League Against Cruel Sport.[9]

He married Benita Napier in 1970.[3]


  • Dare We Trust Them - A New Vision for Europe (2005)


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Dennis Hobden
Member of Parliament for Brighton Kemptown
Succeeded by
Des Turner