Andrew Percy

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Andrew Percy
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 - English
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.

Early life[edit]

Born in Hull, he was brought up in the East Riding of Yorkshire, attending the all-boys (11-16) comprehensive William Gee School on Bishop Alcock Road off Bricknell Avenue (it 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.[3] He worked as a secondary school history teacher and taught in several schools.[3] He serves as a parish councillor for Airmyn, near Goole.[3] Before being elected to Parliament he served for ten years as a councillor on Hull City Council from 2000. He contested Normanton in 2005.

He previously worked as a teacher in local schools and previously spent time working in the United States and Canada.

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.[4] In the 2015 general election he increased his majority to 11,176, receiving 53 per cent of the vote.[5]

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.[6]

Percy has been part of a number of delegations of the Conservative Friends of Israel group,[7] 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.[8]

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


  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 c "Andrew Percy". The Conservative Party. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Brigg & Goole". BBC News. Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Brigg & Goole". BBC News. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Isaby, Jonathan (15 December 2010). "Philip Hollobone continues to top the league table of backbench rebels". Conservative Home. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Mason, Rowena (30 July 2014). "Tory MPs' visit to Israel condemned as bad timing". Guardian. 

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