Andrew Jones (politician)

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Andrew Hanson Jones
MP
Andrew Jones MP.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Harrogate and Knaresborough
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Phil Willis
Majority 1,039 (1.96%)
Personal details
Born (1963-11-28) 28 November 1963 (age 50)[1]
Ilkley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater University of Leeds
Website website

Andrew Hanson Jones (born 28 November 1963) is a British Conservative Party politician who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency since 7 May 2010. He has been a member of Harrogate Borough Council for the High Harrogate ward since 2003.[2] In 2007, he gained more than half of the votes in his ward.[3] He is a passionate cricket fan and has been a member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club for over twenty years. He chaired the influential Conservative think-tank the Bow Group from 1999 to 2000.[4]

Career[edit]

Born in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, he was educated at the independent Bradford Grammar School and the University of Leeds. He was elected councillor for the High Harrogate Ward in 2003. He soon rose to the council cabinet to be Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources. During his time in this role, Jones drove efficiency savings to the sum total of £5 million and has eliminated almost all of the council debt which he inherited.[citation needed] This was achieved by changing council policy to add an extra £1.2 million of added income[citation needed]. Andrew, hailed as a 'local champion' by The Times, has long supported many local campaigns such as promoting Fairtrade[citation needed]. Most well known locally was his successful campaign to preserve the historical and iconic Royal Hall and Starbeck Baths[citation needed].

Member of Parliament[edit]

On 6 May 2010, Jones was elected MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough ending 13 years of Liberal Democrat control. He secured this with a 9.1% swing. Jones has dedicated himself to promoting a new high-speed rail link connecting to London in Harrogate to promote commerce in the region[citation needed]. He also has campaigned to increase police presence on the streets[citation needed], promote recycling[citation needed], support pensioners[citation needed] and preserve the NHS in his area[citation needed]. Jones made his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 22 June 2010.[5] He served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Justine Greening as Secretary of State for Transport, and then to Andrew Mitchell as Chief whip. He was subsequently appointed as a Government Apprenticeship Ambassador and PPS to Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Councillor Andrew Jones MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Andrew Jones at harrogate.gov.uk
  3. ^ Harrogate Borough Council District Council Election 3 May 2007 at harrogate.gov.uk
  4. ^ http://www.conservatives.com/tile.do?def=people.person.page&PersonID=135880[dead link]
  5. ^ "Capital Gains Tax (Rates)". House of Commons Debates. TheyWorkForYou.com. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  6. ^ http://order-order.com/2013/10/15/pps-resuffle-full-list/
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Phil Willis
Member of Parliament for Harrogate and Knaresborough
2010–present
Incumbent