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|Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland|
23 June 1997 – 14 September 2001
|Preceded by||Mo Mowlam|
|Succeeded by||Quentin Davies|
|Treasurer of the Household|
23 July 1996 – 2 May 1997
|Prime Minister||John Major|
|Preceded by||Greg Knight|
|Succeeded by||George Mudie|
|Vice-Chamberlain of the Household|
18 October 1995 – 23 July 1996
|Prime Minister||John Major|
|Preceded by||Timothy Kirkhope|
|Succeeded by||Derek Conway|
|Member of Parliament|
East Berkshire (1983-1997)
10 June 1983 – 12 April 2010
|Preceded by||Constituency created|
|Succeeded by||Phillip Lee|
|Member of Parliament|
for Birmingham Stechford
1 April 1977 – 7 April 1979
|Preceded by||Roy Jenkins|
|Succeeded by||Terry Davis|
|Born||27 August 1949|
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Julie Kirkbride (1997–present); 1 child|
Diana Joy Kinchin (1974–1996; divorced); 2 children
MacKay attended Solihull School, an independent school in Solihull, West Midlands. After leaving school he chaired the Solihull Young Conservatives. He has worked as an estate agent and company director.
MacKay first entered parliament in 1977, after taking Birmingham Stechford from Labour at the Birmingham Stechford by-election. He lost the seat at the 1979 general election, but re-entered parliament in 1983 as MP for East Berkshire. He was deputy Chief Whip under John Major, and was Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 1997 to September 2001 during the leadership of William Hague. He was on the backbenches subsequently, but was appointed a Conservative Deputy Chairman in September 2004 with responsibility for candidates, and, after David Cameron's election in November 2005 as Leader of the Conservative Party, MacKay became a Senior Parliamentary/Political Adviser to the new Conservative leader.
MacKay and Kirkbride own two homes: one in her constituency; and a flat close to Parliament in Westminster. In a case of so-called "double-dipping," according to The Daily Telegraph, MacKay had used his Additional Costs Allowance to claim more than £1,000 a month in mortgage interest payments on their joint Westminster flat. His wife used her Additional Costs Allowance to claim over £900 a month on paying off the mortgage for their family home near her constituency. This means they effectively had no main home but two second homes – and were using public funds to pay for both of them. During 2008–9, MacKay claimed a total of £23,083 under Additional Costs Allowance, while Kirkbride claimed £22,575. They also claimed for each other's travel costs, with Kirkbride claiming £1,392 to meet spouse travel, while MacKay claimed £408. On 14 May 2009, he resigned from his position as parliamentary aide to Cameron in the wake of the furore over Parliamentary expenses after what was described as an "unacceptable" expenses claim.
In an interview with Matthew Amroliwala on BBC News the following morning, MacKay apologised for his error of judgement. In what he claimed was an agreed procedure with the Parliamentary Claims office, he had designated their Westminster home as his secondary home, while Kirkbride has designated the Bromsgrove house as her second home. MacKay announced that the procedure had been ongoing for eight or nine years, and that he would be repaying the monies after taking advice from the Conservatives scrutiny committee.
In 1974 MacKay married Diana Joy Kinchin; they had two children, but divorced in 1996. The following year, MacKay married Julie Kirkbride, a fellow Conservative MP; the couple have a son at Westminster School .
- Beckford, Martin; Porter, Andrew (14 May 2009). "Andrew Mackay resigns over 'unacceptable' claims: MPs' expenses". London: Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 17 May 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2009.
- "Tory MP quits post over expenses". BBC News. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- Crossley, Lucy; Peck, Tom> (23 May 2009). "'I have no wish to be represented by a thief'". London: The Independent. Archived from the original on 29 May 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
During the 90-minute discussion, few questions were asked by those present. One constituent told him to resign while another commented: "I've no wish to be represented in the next parliament by a thief." One constituent simply called him a "thieving toad".
- "Julie Kirkbride profile". politics.co.uk. Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
- Andrew MacKay official site
- ePolitix.com - Andrew MacKay MP
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Andrew MacKay
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Andrew MacKay MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Andrew MacKay MP
- The Public Whip - Andrew MacKay MP voting record
- BBC News - Andrew MacKay MP BBC profile
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Birmingham Stechford
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for East Berkshire
| Member of Parliament for Bracknell
| Baby of the House
| Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
| Treasurer of the Household
| Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland