Andy McDonald (politician)

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Andy McDonald MP
Andy McDonald and Ed Miliband in Middlesbrough, November 2012.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Middlesbrough
Incumbent
Assumed office
29 November 2012
Preceded by Stuart Bell
Majority 8,211 (47.7%)
Personal details
Born Andrew Joseph McDonald
(1958-03-08) 8 March 1958 (age 56)
Acklam, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Residence Linthorpe
Alma mater Leeds Polytechnic
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Official website

Andrew Joseph "Andy" McDonald (born 8 March 1958)[1] is a British Labour politician and solicitor. He has been the Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom since 2012.

Biography[edit]

Andy McDonald was born in Acklam, Middlesbrough in North Yorkshire.[2]

McDonald was educated at a number of local schools, including St. Francis Primary School, St. Edward's Primary School and St. George's Secondary School (which later became Trinity Catholic College, Middlesbrough). He attended St. Mary's Sixth Form College before studying for a law degree at Leeds Polytechnic.

He worked as a lawyer for over a quarter of a century and rose to be Senior Serious Injury Solicitor at the Middlesbrough office of Thompsons Solicitors and to lead the firm's Serious Injury Unit for the Cumbria, Humberside, North East, and Yorkshire areas. He was also the Thompson's Head of Military Claims for members of the British Armed Forces.[3] Whilst working for the firm, McDonald acted as a special adviser to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee for its 2003 report on Armed Forces Pensions and Compensation.[4] He has also served as both Chair and as Secretary of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers' Military Special Interest Group and was a founder member of The Royal British Legion's Solicitors Group.[5]

McDonald has been involved in various good causes in the Middlesbrough area. He was a governor of Abingdon Primary School for fifteen years until 2010 and became a governor of Middlesbrough College in 2012.[5] He has also been chair of two local charities, the Davison Trust, which works with children with special needs, and the Teesside branch of Headway, which works with people with brain injuries.[2]

Political career[edit]

McDonald was active in local politics in Middlesbrough for many years. He served as councillor for Westbourne ward from 1995 to 1999.[6] At the time of his selection as a parliamentary candidate, he was chairman of Middlesbrough Labour Party Local Government Committee.[7] Labour shortlisted McDonald as a potential candidate for the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in the 2010 United Kingdom general election. However, Tom Blenkinsop was the eventual choice.[2]

McDonald became a parliamentarian when he won the Middlesbrough by-election held on 29 November 2012, retaining the seat for Labour following the death of Sir Stuart Bell. McDonald increased the party's share of the vote to 60.5% though his majority was reduced by 500 to 8,211.[8]

In February 2013, McDonald announced his appointment as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Attorney General.

Since his election to Parliament, McDonald has campaigned on a number of issues including opposition to the 'Bedroom Tax' (part of the Welfare Reform Act 2012) and the privatisation of the East Coast Main Line.

Following the Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet reshuffle in October 2013, it was announced that McDonald would become Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chuka Umunna MP in his role as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thompsons Solicitors LLP". Dellam Corporate Information. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Andy McDonald chosen as Middlesbrough Labour candidate in by-election to replace the late Sir Stuart Bell". Darlington and Stockton Times. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Andrew McDonald". Thompsons Solicitors. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "House of Commons Defence Committee: Armed Forces Pensions and Compensation :First Report of Session 2003–04 Volume I:Report, together with formal minutes". The Stationery Office Limited. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Governing Body Membership:Mr Andrew McDonald College Governor". Middlesbrough College. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Black day for jobs; Your Say.". Evening Gazette. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Trade Union solicitor Andy McDonald will stand as Labour candidate in Middlesbrough bi-election". The Northern Echo. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Middlesbrough by-election: Labour's Andy McDonald wins". BBC News (BBC). 30 November 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Stuart Bell
Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough
2012
Incumbent