Andrew Gwynne

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Andrew Gwynne
Profile of Andrew Gwynne MP.jpg
Shadow Minister without Portfolio
Assumed office
7 October 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Jon Ashworth
Member of Parliament
for Denton and Reddish
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Andrew Bennett
Majority 10,511 (27.2%)
Personal details
Born (1974-06-04) 4 June 1974 (age 42)
Manchester, England, UK
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Allison
Children 3
Alma mater Tameside College
Wrexham Glyndŵr University
University of Salford
Website Official website

Andrew John Gwynne (born 4 June 1974) is a British Labour Party politician and has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Denton and Reddish since 2005, replacing the retiring Andrew Bennett. He was re-elected in 2015 with a majority of 10,511.

He was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister without Portfolio by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in October 2016.

Early life[edit]

Born in Manchester, where he grew up, he was educated at Egerton Park Community High School (now called Denton Community College) on Egerton Street in Denton, Tameside College of Technology in Ashton-under-Lyne, North East Wales Institute of Higher Education in Wrexham from 1992-5 and the University of Salford from 1995-98, earning a BA in Politics and Contemporary History.

At the age of 21, he became England's youngest councillor, when on 2 May 1996 he was elected on to Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, representing the Denton West Ward for the Labour Party. He was re-elected in 2000 and 2004, when he topped the poll in an "all out" election resulting from boundary changes in the borough. From 1998–2001 he chaired the Denton and Audenshaw District Assembly and in 2003–04 he chaired the Resources and Community Services Scrutiny Panel. He is a member of the Unite Trade Union, the Co-operative Party and the Christian Socialist Movement.

Parliamentary career[edit]

On 5 May 2005 – at the age of 30 – he became the youngest Labour MP in the 2005 Parliament. He was appointed to the House of Commons Procedure Committee in June 2005 and, despite having only been elected six months earlier, on 10 November 2005, Gwynne was promoted to become a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to The Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC, as Minister of State for Criminal Justice and Offender Management at the Home Office. Between July 2007 and June 2009, he served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Jacqui Smith MP. In June 2009 he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, the Rt Hon Ed Balls MP.

In October 2010 he became a Shadow Transport Minister, with responsibility for passenger transport. In the Opposition front bench reshuffle of October 2011, he was appointed to the Shadow Health team by Ed Miliband, and was reappointed in September 2015.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of sports commentator and reporter John Gwynne. He married Allison Dennis in March 2003 in Tameside, and they have two sons and a daughter.[2]


  1. ^ "Labour Frontbench". Labour Party. 18 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed 9 January 2016.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Andrew Bennett
Member of Parliament
for Denton and Reddish

Political offices
Preceded by
Jon Ashworth
Shadow Minister without Portfolio