Andrew Smith (politician)
|The Right Honourable
|Secretary of State for Work and Pensions|
29 May 2002 – 8 September 2004
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Alistair Darling|
|Succeeded by||Alan Johnson|
|Chief Secretary to the Treasury|
11 October 1999 – 29 May 2002
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Alan Milburn|
|Succeeded by||Paul Boateng|
|Member of Parliament
for Oxford East
11 June 1987
|Preceded by||Steven Norris|
1 February 1951 |
Wokingham, Berkshire, England
|Alma mater||St John's College, Oxford|
Andrew David Smith (born 1 February 1951) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Oxford East since 1987. He served in the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 1999 to 2002 and then as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2002 to 2004.
He was educated at Reading School and St John's College, Oxford, where he gained a BA and BPhil. He was the Member Relations Officer for Oxford and Swindon Co-op Society from 1979-87. He became an Oxford City Councillor in 1976, leaving the council in 1987. He contested Oxford East in 1983.
Smith has been the Member of Parliament for Oxford East, which he won in 1987 from the Conservative Party. After Labour's victory in the 1997 general election he was made a minister in the Department for Education and Employment. He was Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 1999 to 2002, when he became Secretary of State for Work and Pensions; he resigned from this post on 6 September 2004, to spend more time with his family. He won re-election in his Oxford East seat in the 2005 General Election, but saw his majority slashed by 90%.
He is best remembered by some for his opposing of the privatisation of air traffic control in 1996 stating "Our air is not for sale" only for Labour to switch policies and thereby propose a public-private partnership for the National Air Traffic Services. Others point to his stewardship of the Department for Work and Pensions and his focus on reducing child poverty when Minister there.
Smith has occasionally rebelled against his party in Parliament, on issues such as a third runway at Heathrow, the Government's renewal of Trident, although he has been known to back opposition Liberal Democrat motions on votes concerning the rights of Gurkhas to remain in Britain and the introduction of Single Transferable Vote for elections.
In 2005 the Liberal Democrats came within 963 votes of winning the seat, with the drop in support for Labour widely attributed to the Iraq war, but in 2010 Andrew Smith secured a comfortable victory with a 4.1% swing to Labour, bucking the national trend.
His wife Val Smith is a county councillor on Oxfordshire County Council and city councillor on Oxford City Council. He married Valerie Miles on 26 March 1976. They have a son and live on the southeast Oxford council estate of Blackbird Leys.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Oxford East
|Chief Secretary to the Treasury
|Secretary of State for Work and Pensions