|Minister for International Security Strategy|
4 September 2012
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Gerald Howarth|
|Member of Parliament
for South West Wiltshire
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Constituency Created|
24 April 1961 |
Colchester, Essex, England
|Alma mater||University of Bristol
Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
|Service/branch|| Royal Navy
Royal Naval Reserve
|Years of service||1989–|
|Awards||Gulf Medal (1992)
Iraq Medal (2004)
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)
Dr Andrew William Murrison (born 24 April 1961, Colchester) is a doctor and Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. After serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Westbury from 2001 to 2010, at the 2010 general election he was elected for the new seat of South West Wiltshire, covering much of the same area, including the towns of Trowbridge, Warminster and Westbury.
The son of William Gordon Murrison RD and Marion Murrison, he grew up in Harwich, Essex, and went to local schools there, Harwich High School (now Harwich and Dovercourt High School), and the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.
Until 2000, he served in the Royal Navy as a medical officer based at Fareham. He served in the Gulf War of 1990–1991 and retired with the rank of Surgeon-Commander. During his Naval career he served as an Honorary Research Registrar at Southampton General Hospital and spent one year as a postgraduate student at Hughes Hall, Cambridge, obtaining a Diploma in Public Health. From 2000, he worked as a general practitioner locum in Wiltshire and as a Consultant at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
Before entering full-time politics, Murrison was a member of the Bow Group, an assistant to Sir Peter Lloyd, the member of parliament for his home constituency of Fareham, and then from 1999 to 2000 an assistant to Lord Freeman, whose role at Conservative Central Office was screening potential parliamentary candidates.
In September 2000, Murrison was selected as the prospective Conservative candidate for the West Wiltshire constituency of Westbury and in June 2001 he was elected as Member of Parliament for the constituency. He was then appointed to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee and was also a member of the Standing Committee on the NHS Reform Bill.
On 9 July 2003, Murrison asked the Prime Minister in parliament "The Criminal Records Bureau is blaming its disclosure fee and tight targets for its terrible performance. Last week, the fee doubled, the targets were scrapped and the disclosure deadline was kicked into the long grass. Who is responsible for this Horlicks, which is affecting so many of our constituents, and what is the Prime Minister doing about it?" He received the reply "The actual output of the Criminal Records Bureau has improved significantly over the past few months... It has been difficult to establish the Criminal Records Bureau and to get it working in the way that we want."
In 2005, he spoke in parliament against European military union, saying "The threat that the proposed Euro force might pose to one of the most successful post-war organisations, NATO, and to our symbiotic relationship with the United States, has surely not been adequately explored".
In 2006, Murrison asked the Prime Minister in the House of Commons about the proposed closure of all four community hospitals in his constituency: "Given that the Secretary of State for Health today declined me an audience to discuss the impending disaster facing my constituents in West Wiltshire, will the Prime Minister at least attempt to reconcile the rhetoric in her White Paper with the bitter reality facing my constituents on the ground?"
In House of Commons divisions in 2007 on a number of House of Lords reform options, Murrison voted for options 7 and 8, proposing a 100% elected House of Lords, including the removal of all remaining hereditary peers, and against options 4 and 5, which proposed a partly elected and partly appointed upper chamber.
In the debate on a Human Embryology and Fertilisation Bill in May 2008, he supported amendments to the bill aimed at reducing the maximum gestational age for an abortion from twenty-four to twenty weeks, commenting: "The shock of the abortion list twenty-five years ago is still clear in my mind. Since then, societal attitudes have changed, in part because of improved imaging of the unborn child. I'm sure the law needs updating and twenty weeks appears to strike the right balance".
He is a member of the "Cardiac Risk in the Young All Party Parliamentary Group".
Murrison's Westbury constituency was formally abolished at the end of the parliament of 2005 to 2010, but he was selected as the Conservative candidate for the new South West Wiltshire constituency, which includes most of his former electoral area, and was duly elected on 6 May 2010.
Appointments during the 2010 Parliament:
- After re-election to Parliament - appointed as PPS to the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley owing to his experience as a medical physician.
- November 2011 - appointed as the Prime Minister's special representative for First World War centenary commemorations.
- September 2012 - as part of the Prime Minister's first major cabinet reshuffle, appointed as Minister for International Security Strategy in the Ministry of Defence.
- July 2014 - appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office.
- Tommy This an' Tommy That: The military covenant, Biteback Publishing, 2011
- andrewmurrison.co.uk biography
- MURRISON, Dr Andrew William at ukwhoswho.com (subscription site)
- Robert Waller & Byron Criddle, The Almanac of British Politics, Routledge, 2002, p. 852 at books.google.com
- Milan Rai, Regime Unchanged: Why the War on Iraq Changed Nothing (Pluto Press, 2003) p. xvii
- andrewmurrison.co.uk events
- Commons Hansard, 9 July 2003 (Column 1155) at publications.parliament.uk
- howtheyvoted (Andrew Murrison)
- guardian.co.uk Andrew Murrison
- Commons Hansard, 3 May 2006 (Column 966) at the-stationery-office.co.uk
- c-r-y.org.uk Andrew Murrison MP
- "Afternoon press briefing from 2 November 2011: Special representative for WWI commemorations". number10.gov.uk. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
- "Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office". www.gov.uk. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
- "Tommy This an' Tommy That: The military covenant". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Dr Andrew Murrison
- Dr Andrew Murrison MP official site
- Profile at the Conservative Party website
- Biography at ePolitix.com for Andrew Murrison MP
- Guardian Unlimited Politics – Ask Aristotle: Andrew Murrison MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com – Andrew Murrison MP
- The Public Whip – Andrew Murrison MP voting record
- BBC News – Dr Andrew Murrison profile 10 February 2005
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Westbury
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for South West Wiltshire