Andrew Gwynne

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Andrew Gwynne
MP
Profile of Andrew Gwynne MP.jpg
Shadow Health Minister
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 October 2011
Leader Ed Miliband
Shadow Transport Minister
In office
8 October 2010 – 7 October 2011
Leader Harriet Harman
Ed Miliband
Member of Parliament
for Denton and Reddish
Incumbent
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Andrew Bennett
Majority 9,831 (26.1%)
Personal details
Born (1974-06-04) 4 June 1974 (age 40)
Manchester, Greater Manchester, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Residence Denton
Alma mater University of Salford and the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education
Website www.andrewgwynne.co.uk

Andrew John Gwynne (born 4 June 1974) is a British Labour Party politician and has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Denton and Reddish since 2005, replacing the retiring Andrew Bennett.

He was appointed to the Shadow Health team in 2011 by Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Early life[edit]

Born in Manchester, where he grew up, he was educated at Egerton Park Community High School (now called Denton Community College) on Egerton Street in Denton, Tameside College of Technology in Ashton-under-Lyne, North East Wales Institute of Higher Education in Wrexham from 1992-5 and the University of Salford from 1995-8. From this he achieved a BA in Politics and Contemporary History.

At the age of 21, he became England's youngest councillor, when on 2 May 1996 he was elected on to Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, representing the Denton West Ward for the Labour Party. He was re-elected in 2000 and 2004, when he topped the poll in an "all out" election resulting from boundary changes in the borough. From 1998–2001 he chaired the Denton and Audenshaw District Assembly and in 2003–04 he chaired the Resources and Community Services Scrutiny Panel.

He is a member of the Unite Trade Union, the Co-operative Party and the Christian Socialist Movement.

Parliamentary career[edit]

On 5 May 2005 – at the age of 30 – he became the youngest Labour MP in the 2005 Parliament. He was appointed to the House of Commons Procedure Committee in June 2005 and, despite having only been elected six months earlier, on 10 November 2005, Gwynne was promoted to become a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to The Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC, as Minister of State for Criminal Justice and Offender Management at the Home Office. Between July 2007 and June 2009, he served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Jacqui Smith MP. In June 2009 he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, the Rt Hon Ed Balls MP.

In October 2010 he became a Shadow Transport Minister, with responsibility for passenger transport. In the Opposition front bench reshuffle of October 2011, he was appointed to the Shadow Health team by Ed Miliband.

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of sports commentator and reporter John Gwynne. He married[1] Allison Dennis in March 2003 in Tameside, and they have two sons (born June 1997 and February 2000) and a daughter (born December 2001). They live locally in Denton.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Andrew Bennett
Member of Parliament for Denton and Reddish
2005–present
Incumbent