Andrew Bowden

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Sir Andrew Bowden MBE (born 8 April 1930) is a British Conservative Party politician.[1][2]

Early Life[edit]

Bowden was educated at Ardingly College.

He started his career as a sales executive. He served as a councillor on Wandsworth Borough Council from 1956 to 1961 and as national chairman of Young Conservatives from 1960 to 1961.[1] He received an MBE in 1961.[1]

Parliamentary Career[edit]

He entered the House of Commons on his fourth attempt in 1970 by gaining the Brighton Kemptown seat from the Labour Party.[1][2] As well as fighting Kemptown in the previous election, he had fought Hammersmith North in 1955 and Kensington North in 1964. He remained Member of Parliament for Kemptown until his defeat by Labour's Desmond Turner in the 1997 election.[1][2][3][4] As an MP, he acted as a parliamentary consultant for Southern Water.[5] He was a member of the Council of Europe from 1987 to 1997.[1]

He was accused of failing to register an election donation of £5,319 from lobbyist Ian Greer, who acted for Mohammed Al Fayed as well as business interests with the House of Fraser.[4]

Post Parliament[edit]

In recent years he has become something of a regular on the poker circuit.[6] He also plays chess and golf.[1] From 1975 to 1997, he served as national president of the Captive Animals Protection Society.[1] He is a patron of the Sussex & Kent ME/CFS Society.[7] He is President of Brighton's Royal British Legion branch.[8] He has also acted as Vice President of the League Against Cruel Sport.[9]


He married Benita Napier in 1970.[3]


  • Dare We Trust Them - A New Vision for Europe (2005)


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Dennis Hobden
Member of Parliament for Brighton Kemptown
Succeeded by
Des Turner