Andrew Jones (politician)

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Andrew Hanson Jones
MP
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Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
Incumbent
Assumed office
11 May 2015
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by The Baroness Kramer
Member of Parliament
for Harrogate and Knaresborough
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Phil Willis
Majority 16,371 (30.7%)
Personal details
Born (1963-11-28) 28 November 1963 (age 51)[1]
Ilkley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater University of Leeds
Website website

Andrew Hanson Jones (born 28 November 1963) is a British Conservative Party politician who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency since 7 May 2010.

Early life[edit]

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

Andrew had 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.

He is a passionate cricket fan and has been a member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club for over twenty years.

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 back 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 has dedicated himself to promoting a new high-speed rail link connecting to London in Harrogate to promote commerce in the region.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Councillor Andrew Jones MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Andrew Jones". Politics.co.uk. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.conservatives.com/tile.do?def=people.person.page&PersonID=135880[dead link]
  4. ^ Andrew Jones at harrogate.gov.uk
  5. ^ Harrogate Borough Council District Council Election 3 May 2007 at harrogate.gov.uk
  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. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Phil Willis
Member of Parliament for Harrogate and Knaresborough
2010–present
Incumbent