Andrea Jenkyns

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Andrea Jenkyns

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Member of Parliament
for Morley and Outwood
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded byEd Balls
Majority2,104 (4%)
Personal details
Born (1974-06-16) 16 June 1974 (age 44)
Beverley, Humberside, England
Political partyConservative
Jack Lopresti (m. 2017)
Alma materUniversity of Lincoln
Open University
WebsiteOfficial website

Andrea Marie Jenkyns (born 16 June 1974) is a British politician. She was first elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Morley and Outwood at the 2015 general election, defeating Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.[1][2] She is an advocate for the Eurosceptic organisation Leave Means Leave.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Jenkyns was born in Beverley, Humberside. After leaving school at 16, Jenkyns secured employment at Greggs bakery as her first job.[4] When 18, Jenkyns father sent her photo off to a beauty pageant and she got into the final for Miss UK.[5] Over the subsequent years Jenkyns changed employment a number of times, performing a number of different roles at different businesses. Her employment history has included being a secondary school music teacher and an executive with a management training company.[6] In her late-thirties Jenkyns started to study a degree in International Relations and Politics from the University of Lincoln and a diploma in Economics from the Open University, which she gained when in her forties.[6][7]

She is a former Lincolnshire County Councillor for Boston North West, having defeated the BNP after she was forced to re-stand in a by-election, following an administrative error relating to her existing employment by the county council.[6] Having won the seat in 2009, she lost it to the UKIP candidate at the following council elections in 2013.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Following an open primary in 2013, Jenkyns was selected to contest the Morley and Outwood parliamentary seat as the Conservative candidate.[8] In the 2015 general election, she was elected with a slim majority of 422 votes, unseating Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls in the process.[8][better source needed] From July 2015, she sat on the Health Select Committee.

Jenkyns supported Brexit in the 2016 EU membership referendum[9] and is a member of the Exiting the European Union Select Committee.[10] Jenkyns stated that she was willing to vote against the Government if it brought forward to the House of Commons the Chequers proposals on Brexit.[11][needs update]

In the 2017 general election, Jenkyns increased her vote share by 11.8%, though only increased her majority to 2,104 as Labour's vote share also increased. Both were helped by the lack of a UKIP candidate in her constituency.[12]

Jenkyns is a Trustee and the Regional Representative (Voluntary) for the charity MRSA Action UK, having joined following the death of her father from the superbug MRSA.[13][7]

In May 2018, Jenkyns quit her role as a PPS in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in order to focus on fighting for Brexit.[14]

In July 2018, after David Davis resigned from the Cabinet, Jenkyns called for the Prime Minister Theresa May to be replaced, saying: "Theresa May's premiership is over."[15][16] She called on the Prime Minister to return to her Lancaster House speech, stating "Prime Ministers keep their jobs when they keep their promises".[17]

She submitted a formal letter to the 1922 Committee requesting a vote of confidence in Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party; letters from 48 MPs are required to trigger a vote of confidence.[18] Following this, Iain Dale put Andrea Jenkyns on his Top 100 Most Influential Conservatives of 2018 List, that he produces annually.[19]

Jenkyns created media attention in January 2019 by stating that Kenya exports flowers to the EU under WTO terms, which was proven wrong.[20][better source needed]

Personal life[edit]

Jenkyns lives in Gildersome in West Yorkshire and London; the latter for her Parliamentary duties where she lives with her husband, fellow Conservative MP Jack Lopresti, and her son,[21] who was born in early 2017 and named Clifford George after her late father. She married Lopresti, the MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke in Bristol, in St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster on 22 December 2017,[22] two years after it had been reported that she was having an extramarital affair with him.[23][24]

Jenkyns suffers from fibromyalgia and glossopharyngeal neuralgia which cause bouts of debilitating pain.[25]

Jenkyns is a vegetarian and supports improvement of animal rights.[7] In 2015, her dogs Lady and Godiva won top prize in the Westminster Dog of the Year show.[26]


  1. ^ "Elections 2015 - Morley & Outwood". BBC News. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Andrea Jenkyns: About the woman who toppled Ed Balls". ITV News. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Co-Chairmen - Political Advisory Board - Supporters". Leave Means Leave. Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  4. ^ "About Andrea". Personal website. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  5. ^ Scott, Caroline, (20 March 2016). "Relative Values: Andrea Jenkyns, Tory MP, and her mum, Valerie". TheTimes. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Gye, Hugo (8 May 2015). "How soprano singer MP who beat Ed Balls was inspired to enter politics after seeing her father die from MRSA he contracted in NHS hospital". MailOnline. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Whale, Sebastian (29 May 2015). "Andrea Jenkyns: 'There's not much that really floors me'". totalpolitics. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  8. ^ a b Bloom, Dan (8 May 2015). "Andrea Jenkyns ousts Ed Balls: Everything you need to know about Tory who defeated Labour giant". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". 16 February 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Michael Gove lands key role overseeing Brexit". Sky News. 26 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Inside the meeting of Tory MPs planning to bring down Theresa May's Brexit plan". Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Labour gain in Leeds as student vote and 'Corbyn effect' topples long serving Lib Dem". Yorkshire Evening Post. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Andrea Jenkyns". Morley and Outwood Website. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  14. ^ "Aide quits government 'to fight for Brexit'". BBC News. 25 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Top Brexit Officials Resign in Blow to Theresa May". New York Daily Intelligencer. 9 July 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  16. ^ "May to fight any leadership challenge after resignations". Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE). 9 July 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  17. ^ "May urged to 'chuck Chequers' by Tory Brexiteers". Shropshire Star.
  18. ^ McCann, Kate (13 July 2018). "Conservative MPs asked to withdraw letters demanding a vote of confidence in Theresa May". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  19. ^ "The Top 100 Most Influential Conservatives of 2018".
  20. ^ "No, Kenya doesn't export flowers to the EU on WTO terms". Full Fact. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  21. ^ "About Andrea". Personal website. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Brexit baby brings the Commons together in laughter". ITV News. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  23. ^ "Bristol MP Jack Lopresti having affair with Tory colleague, Conservative party confirms". ITV News. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  24. ^ "Tory MPs admit to relationship after photo shows them canoodling at train station". Daily Telegraph. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  25. ^ Singh, Arj (16 June 2018). "Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns 'cannot remember a day without pain' in 15 years". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  26. ^ "Tories Triumph in Westminster Dog of the Year as they parade pooches outside Parliament".

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ed Balls
Member of Parliament
for Morley and Outwood