Andrew Stunell

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The Right Honourable
Sir Andrew Stunell
OBE MP
Andrew Stunell Official.jpg
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
In office
13 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Shahid Malik
Succeeded by Don Foster
Liberal Democrats Chief Whip
In office
7 June 2001 – 22 March 2006
Leader Charles Kennedy
Preceded by Paul Tyler
Succeeded by Paul Burstow
Member of Parliament
for Hazel Grove
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by Tom Arnold
Majority 6,371 (14.2%)
Personal details
Born (1942-11-24) 24 November 1942 (age 71)
Sutton, Surrey, England
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrat
Residence Romiley, Greater Manchester
Alma mater Victoria University of Manchester
Liverpool John Moores University
Religion Baptist

Sir Robert Andrew Stunell OBE MP (born 24 November 1942) is a Liberal Democrat politician in the United Kingdom. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hazel Grove, and was first elected at the 1997 general election. From 2010 to 2012 he served as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Andrew Stunell was born in Sutton, Surrey and educated at Surbiton County Grammar School for Boys (moved to Thames Ditton as Esher County Grammar School with the former buildings becoming Hollyfield School, then became Esher College in 1977) on St Marks Hill in Surbiton, then studied Architecture at University of Manchester and Liverpool Polytechnic. He became a member of RIBA in 1969.

Stunell married Gillian Chorley in 1967. They have three sons and two daughters and he is a former Baptist lay preacher and an active member of his local Methodist church.

After graduation he was an architectural assistant until 1989, working for CWS Manchester from 1965-7, Runcorn New Town from 1967–81, then freelance 1981-5. From 1989–96 he worked as Political Secretary of the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1993.

Stunell was elected to Chester City Council in 1979 and to Cheshire County Council in 1981. He contested the City of Chester constituency three times, as the Liberal Party candidate in 1979 and for the SDP-Liberal Alliance in 1983 and 1987.

Member of Parliament, 1997–present[edit]

Hazel Grove[edit]

Stunell was elected as the member of parliament for Hazel Grove in 1997 having fought the seat previously in 1992 when he came second with 43.1% of the vote. The General election of 1997 resulted in a majority of 11814 and a 54.5% of the vote, taking the seat from the Conservatives. He retained the seat at the 2001 (52%), 2005 (49.5%) and 2010 (48.8%) general elections.[2]

Liberal Democrat Frontbench[edit]

Stunell (right) with Neil O'Brien at Conservative Party conference in 2011

On entering parliament in 1997 Stunell was appointed the Shadow Energy minister under Paddy Ashdown, a role he performed until 2005. At the same time Stunell operated as the party's deputy chief whip, only stepping down from that position in 2001 when he was elected to the position of Chief Whip, a position he was re-elected to in 2005. He stood down form the role in March 2006 to serve as the Shadow Secretary of State for communities and local government which concluded in December 2007 when Nick Clegg asked him to become chair of the Liberal Democrat local elections team. In January 2009 Stunell was appointed to be the Liberal Democrat representative on the International Development Select Committee and in August 2009 he was asked to take on the role of vice-chair of the General Election campaign.[3]

Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004[edit]

In 2003 Stunell came top in the regular ballot of Private Members' Bills and was successful in having his Sustainable and Secure Buildings Bill become an Act of Parliament in 2004.[4] As part of the bill Stunell wanted to see all new and existing homes either built or renovated with security and energy saving features with Stunell saying that he wanted the bill to promote "greener and safer buildings".[3][5]

Coalition negotiations[edit]

Following the General Election of 2010, no one political party was able to secure a majority in the House of Commons. As a result the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties entered into negotiations with each other to form the United Kingdom's first coalition government since the Second World War.

Andrew Stunell along with Danny Alexander, Chris Huhne and David Laws acted as the negotiating team for the Liberal Democrats with William Hague, Oliver Letwin, George Osborne and Edward Llewellyn acting for the Conservatives.[6]

Coalition Government, 2010–2012[edit]

Following the formation of the coalition, Stunell was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government under Secretary of State Eric Pickles. His responsibilities in the role were community cohesion, race equality, building regulations and the implementation of the Big Society particularly with regard to housing and regeneration.[7]

Stunell was knighted in the 2013 Birthday Honours for public and political service.[8][9]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Tom Arnold
Member of Parliament for Hazel Grove
1997–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Paul Tyler
Chief Whip of the Liberal Democrats
2001–2006
Succeeded by
Paul Burstow
Political offices
Preceded by
Barbara Follett (politician)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
2010-current
Succeeded by
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