Andrew Percy

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Andrew Percy
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Northern Powerhouse
Assumed office
17 July 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by James Wharton
Member of Parliament
for Brigg and Goole
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Ian Cawsey
Majority 11,176 (25.8%)
Personal details
Born 1977 (age 38–39)[1]
Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater University of York
University of Leeds

Andrew Theakstone Percy[2] (born 1977[1]) is a British Conservative Party politician. He was elected Member of Parliament for Brigg and Goole in 2010 and is an active member of many groups in Parliament including All Party Parliamentary Groups on Financial Education for Young People, Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire as well as a member of the anti-European Union Better Off Out Group. He has been the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse since 2016.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Percy was born in Hull and brought up in the East Riding of Yorkshire. He attended the all-boys (11–16) comprehensive William Gee School on Bishop Alcock Road, which closed in August 2001 to merge with Amy Johnson School on Ringrose Street to form Endeavour High School. Percy gained a degree at the University of York and studied at the University of Leeds as a post-graduate law student.[5] He worked as a secondary school history teacher and has taught in several schools. This has included time additionally spent working in the United States and Canada.[5] Before being elected to Parliament in 2010, he served as a parish councillor for Airmyn, near Goole,[5] and for ten years as a councillor on Hull City Council.[citation needed] He contested the seat of Normanton in 2005 but was ultimately unsuccessful.[citation needed]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Percy was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Brigg and Goole in the 2010 general election by a majority of 5,147.[6] In the 2015 general election he increased his majority to 11,176, receiving 53 per cent of the vote.[7]

Percy is rated as one of the Conservatives' most rebellious MPs and has voted with Labour on key issues such as loan sharking, Education Maintenance Allowance and student tuition fees.[8]

Percy has been part of a number of delegations of the Conservative Friends of Israel group,[9] including during the Operation Defensive Shield conflict when he visited for an Israeli military briefing on the Iron Dome defence system. He defended Israel's actions in the conflict saying "Israel acts as we would", in relation to the provocation faced from Hamas.[10]

In the 2010 Parliament, Percy served on the Health Select Committee, Regulatory Reform Committee and Northern Ireland Committee.

Second term (2015 onwards)[edit]

Percy was re-elected at the 2015 general election. In the same year he was also re-elected to the Health and Regulatory Reform committees in the 2015 Parliament. He also served as Chairman of the All Party Yorkshire and North Lincs Group and as an officer of a number of other All Party Parliamentary groups, including Financial Education for Young People, The Commonwealth and on Global Education.

Percy was elected to the UK Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Executive in 2015 and was also appointed to the Speaker's Panel of Chairs.

At a sitting in the House of Commons in April 2016, he asked Conservative Leader of the House Chris Grayling if he agreed that the government should bring forward proposals to ensure ex-police officers standing as police and crime commissioner (PCC) candidates should be required to make their public service records available for public scrutiny. Although Percy did not identify any individual PCC candidate, Grayling did in his reply. He said: "My Honourable Friend makes an important point. I am aware of allegations about the Labour PCC candidate in Humberside. If the stories alleged about that candidate are true, he is unfit for public office, and it is a matter of public interest that the truth should be known before election day."[11] Percy and Grayling subsequently refused to elaborate on the content of any such allegations,[12] with Percy quitting Twitter several days later, citing "bullies", "trolls", "nastiness" and "aggression" as reasons for doing so.[13][14][15][16]

After Theresa May became Prime Minister in 2016, Percy was appointed to be the Parliamentary Undersecretary of State and Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Democracy Live: Your representatives: Andrew Percy". BBC News. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 61230. p. 9121. 18 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b "New ministerial and government appointments announced on July 17 2016". GOV.UK. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Brigg & Goole MP Andrew Percy named as Northern Powerhouse minister". BBC News. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "Andrew Percy". The Conservative Party. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Brigg & Goole". BBC News. Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Brigg & Goole". BBC News. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Isaby, Jonathan (15 December 2010). "Philip Hollobone continues to top the league table of backbench rebels". Conservative Home. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ Mason, Rowena (30 July 2014). "Tory MPs' visit to Israel condemned as bad timing". Guardian. 
  11. ^ Mystery of Chris Grayling 'unfit' PCC candidate claim as Keith Hunter denounces 'mud-slinging' - Hull Daily Mail. 30 April 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  12. ^ Grayling raises Labour candidate “allegations” - The Yorkshire Post. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  13. ^ Andrew Percy MP quits Twitter blaming "bullies and trolls" - ITV News. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  14. ^ Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy quits Twitter over 'increasing levels of personal abuse' - Scunthorpe Telegraph. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  15. ^ Why I quit ‘aggressive and nasty’ Twitter, by Tory MP Andrew Percy - The Yorkshire Post. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  16. ^ MP quits Twitter over troll abuse - Grimsby Telegraph. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ian Cawsey
Member of Parliament for Brigg and Goole