|Member of the London Assembly
for Barnet and Camden
4 May 2012
|Preceded by||Brian Coleman|
|Member of Parliament
2 May 1997 – 12 April 2010
|Preceded by||Constituency Created|
|Succeeded by||Matthew Offord|
2 September 1954 |
Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
|Political party||Labour Co-operative|
|Alma mater||London School of Economics|
Andrew Hartley Dismore (born 2 September 1954) is a British Labour and Co-operative Party politician who has been the Member of the London Assembly for Barnet and Camden since 2012, and was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hendon from 1997 until 2010.
Dismore was born in Bridlington, Yorkshire, the son of a hotelier. He was educated at Bridlington Grammar School before attending the University of Warwick, where he received a LLB in 1975, and the London School of Economics, where he was awarded his LLM in 1976. He graduated from The College of Law in 1978.
Dismore joined the Labour Party in 1974. After a brief time during his studies when he worked as an education officer with the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trade Union, he began his professional career as a partner with Robin Thompson and Partners Solicitors in 1978. He became a partner in the firm Russell Jones & Walker Solicitors in 1995.
He was elected as a councillor on Westminster City Council in 1982, becoming the Labour group leader in 1990. During his time there, he led the criticism of Shirley Porter and the homes for votes scandal.
Member of Parliament
He was elected to the House of Commons at the 1997 general election for the new seat of Hendon, defeating John Gorst, the sitting Conservative MP for the former constituency of Hendon North, by 6,155 votes. He made his maiden speech on 6 June 1997, in which he criticised the government of John Major for closing the Edgware General Hospital A & E department. He became a member of the Social Security select committee in 1998, and after the 2001 general election its replacement, the Work and Pensions Select Committee, on which he remained until 2005. He was a member of the Standards and Privileges Select Committee from 2001 until 2010 and the Human Rights and Liaison committees since 2005 to 2010 (chairing the Joint Committee on Human Rights).
Dismore asked Tony Blair a parliamentary question about Holocaust memorial and education, and received a written answer on 10 June 1999. This led to the establishment of Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK. He set the 21st century record for a filibuster in the House of Commons by talking for 197 minutes during the debate of the Criminal Law (Amendment) (Protection of Property) Bill.
In the 2010 general election Andrew Dismore lost his seat by 106 (0.2%) votes to Conservative candidate and former Hendon ward councillor Matthew Offord. In his losing speech Dismore complained that Offord had used his record of expenses against him.
In 2015, Andrew Dismore stood once again as the Labour Party candidate for Hendon in the General Election but failed to regain his seat, instead losing by a bigger majority as the Conservatives improved their position overall.
It was revealed by the BBC in March 2010, that Mr Dismore had annual trips to Cyprus, funded by the Cypriot Parliament. Mr Dismore failed to declare this interest on a number of Parliamentary Questions and Early Day Motions, despite providing this information on the register of members’ interests.
- Andrew Dismore MP's maiden speech, Hansard.
- Origins of Holocaust Memorial Day, SomethingJewish.
- Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons, Westminster (2005-12-02). "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 2 Dec 2005 (pt 7)". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2009-11-27.
- "UK | UK Politics | MP's marathon speech sinks bill". BBC News. 2005-12-02. Retrieved 2009-11-27.
- "Ousted Labour MP Andrew Dismore makes vitriolic speech (From Times Series)". Times-series.co.uk. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
- All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tribal Peoples – Profile, parliament.uk
- "MPs' expenses: Andrew Dismore claimed for equivalent of three car journeys to Commons a day". London: Telegraph. 2009-11-24. Archived from the original on 27 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-27.
- "Andrew Dismore MP: Foreign trips and rule breaches". BBC. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
- Andrew Dismore GLA Assembly Member's website
- Andrew Dismore- Hendon Parliamentary Campaign Website
- Guardian Unlimited Politics – Ask Aristotle: Andrew Dismore MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com – Andrew Dismore MP
- BBC Politics
- Entry on list of MPs
- Joint Committee of Human Rights
- News items