Andrew Percy

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Andrew Percy
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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of Communities and Local Government
Minister for the Northern Powerhouse
In office
17 July 2016 – 14 June 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May
Sec. of State Sajid Javid
Preceded by James Wharton
Succeeded by Jake Berry
Member of Parliament
for Brigg and Goole
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Ian Cawsey
Majority 12,363 (27.4%)
Personal details
Born (1977-09-18) 18 September 1977 (age 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[3] (born 18 September 1977[1][4]) 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 being a member of the anti-European Union Better Off Out Group. He has been the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse since 2016.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Percy was born in Hull and brought up in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the son of a foundry worker (later a market gardener) and a school secretary; he has an older sister.[2] He attended the all-boys (11–16) comprehensive William Gee School (now part of Endeavour High School) and is a politics graduate of York University and studied at Leeds University on a law conversion course.[2][7] He subsequently worked as a secondary school history teacher and has taught in several schools, including in the United States and Canada.[7]

Before being elected to Parliament at the 2010 general election, he served as a parish councillor for Airmyn, near Goole,[7] and for ten years as a councillor on Hull City Council.[citation needed] During his time on the City Council Percy served as Chairman of the Licensing Committee, overseeing the transfer of liquor licensing from the Magistrates' Court to the Council. He also served as a Director of Kingstown Works Ltd. He contested the Yorkshire seat of Normanton in 2005, but was ultimately unsuccessful in defeating the sitting Labour MP, Ed Balls.[8][9]

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.[10] In the 2015 general election he increased his majority to 11,176, receiving 53 per cent of the vote.[11]

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.[12]

Percy has been part of a number of delegations of the Conservative Friends of Israel group,[13] 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.[14]

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

Second term (2015–2017)[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.

Percy quit Twitter in May 2016, citing "bullies", "trolls", "nastiness" and "aggression" as reasons for doing so.[15][16][17][18]

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.[5][6]

Percy stood down as a minister following the 2017 election, having decided to return to the back benches.

Personal life[edit]

Percy converted to Judaism in March 2017, having been baptised into the Church of England. He has identified with the Jewish community since primary school.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Democracy Live: Your representatives: Andrew Percy". BBC News. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Frazer, Jenni (30 March 2017). "My auntie always said we were Jewish!". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9121. 
  4. ^ Companies House
  5. ^ a b "New ministerial and government appointments announced on July 17 2016". GOV.UK. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Brigg & Goole MP Andrew Percy named as Northern Powerhouse minister". BBC News. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c "Andrew Percy". The Conservative Party. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  8. ^ McGee, Simon (2 April 2005). "Strange case of the vanishing Prime Minister". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "Election 2005: Normanton". BBC News. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Brigg & Goole". BBC News. Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Brigg & Goole". BBC News. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  12. ^ Isaby, Jonathan (15 December 2010). "Philip Hollobone continues to top the league table of backbench rebels". Conservative Home. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ Mason, Rowena (30 July 2014). "Tory MPs' visit to Israel condemned as bad timing". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  15. ^ Andrew Percy MP quits Twitter blaming "bullies and trolls", ITV News, 3 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  16. ^ Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy quits Twitter over 'increasing levels of personal abuse', Scunthorpe Telegraph, 3 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  17. ^ Why I quit ‘aggressive and nasty’ Twitter, by Tory MP Andrew Percy, The Yorkshire Post, 4 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  18. ^ 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