Andrew Jones (British politician)

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Andrew Jones
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Official portrait, 2020
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport
In office
12 November 2018 – 26 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byJesse Norman
Succeeded byPaul Maynard
In office
11 May 2015 – 15 June 2017
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Theresa May
Preceded byThe Baroness Kramer
Succeeded byJesse Norman
Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party for Business Engagement
In office
8 January 2018 – 12 November 2018
LeaderTheresa May
Preceded byposition established
Succeeded byJames Morris
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
In office
16 June 2017 – 8 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byDamian Hinds (2016)
Succeeded byRobert Jenrick
Member of Parliament
for Harrogate and Knaresborough
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byPhil Willis
Majority9,675 (17.0%)
Personal details
Born (1963-11-28) 28 November 1963 (age 58)[1]
Ilkley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
Alma materUniversity of Leeds
Websitewebsite

Andrew Hanson Jones (born 28 November 1963) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency in North Yorkshire since 2010. He has twice served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport and as well as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. He returned to the backbenches in July 2019.

Early life[edit]

Born in Ilkley, West Riding of Yorkshire, Jones was educated at the independent Bradford Grammar School and the University of Leeds.[2]

Jones worked for 25 years in various sales and marketing roles before becoming an MP.[2] He chaired Conservative think-tank the Bow Group from 1999 to 2000.[3]

He became a member of Harrogate Borough Council for the High Harrogate ward in 2003.[4] In 2007, he gained more than half of the votes in his ward.[5] He became Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources on the council.[citation needed]

Jones is a passionate cricket fan and has been a member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club for over twenty years.[3]

Member of Parliament[edit]

On 6 May 2010, Jones was elected MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough ending 13 years of Liberal Democrat control. He secured this with a 9.1% swing. Jones had previously unsuccessfully contested the seat in 2001.[6]

Jones made his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 22 June 2010.[7]

He served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Transport Secretary Justine Greening, and then to Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell. He was subsequently appointed as a Government Apprenticeship Ambassador and PPS to Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health. He joined the Regulatory Reform Select Committee in 2010.[6]

Jones campaigned to remain in the European Union during the 2016 European Union referendum.[citation needed]

On 8 January 2018, Jones was reshuffled from Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury to Vice Chair for Business Engagement within the Conservative Party HQ.[8]

On 12 November 2018, Jones was reappointed to the Department for Transport to replace Jo Johnson MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, a position he last held in 2017. He was removed from this role in July 2019, and currently has no ministerial responsibilities.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Councillor Andrew Jones MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Andrew Jones". Politics.co.uk. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Conservative Party Website". Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  4. ^ Andrew Jones at harrogate.gov.uk
  5. ^ Harrogate Borough Council District Council Election 3 May 2007[permanent dead link] at harrogate.gov.uk[dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Andrew Jones". Parliament UK. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Capital Gains Tax (Rates)". House of Commons Debates. TheyWorkForYou.com. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Harrogate MP Andrew Jones on new business role within government". Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Andrew Jones at Gov.uk". Retrieved 30 November 2018.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Harrogate and Knaresborough
2010–present
Incumbent