Andy Love

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Andy Love
Andrew McCulloch Love.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Edmonton
In office
1 May 1997 – 30 March 2015
Preceded by Ian Twinn
Succeeded by Kate Osamor
Majority 9,613 (23.8%)
Personal details
Born (1949-03-21) 21 March 1949 (age 68)
Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Nationality British
Political party Labour Co-operative
Spouse(s) Ruth Rosenthal (m. 1983-present)
Alma mater Strathclyde University
Profession Politician

Andrew McCulloch Love (born 21 March 1949) is a British Labour Co-operative politician who was Member of Parliament (MP) for Edmonton from 1997 to 2015, winning in 2010 with 53.7% of the vote.

Early life[edit]

Born in Greenock, Andy Love was educated at Greenock High School (became Inverclyde Academy in 2007) on Inverkip Road before attending the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where he was awarded a BSc degree. He moved to London in 1974 and joined the Labour Party the following year. He studied for the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators qualification.

He was elected to the London Borough of Haringey Council in 1980 for two terms and chaired both the council's finance and housing committees. He also served as a member of the North East Thames Regional Health Authority. In 1985 he became the political secretary for Co-operative Retail Services (now part of The Co-operative Group), and in 1993 he became the parliamentary officer of the Cooperative Party.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Love contested the Edmonton seat at the 1992 General Election, losing by 593 votes to the sitting Conservative MP Ian Twinn. In the Labour landslide at the 1997 election, he unseated Twinn, with a majority of 13,472 votes, and has held the seat since[1]

In parliament he is involved in many backbench groups and campaigns and served as has acted as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jacqui Smith when she was the minister at the Department of Health and Department of Trade and Industry between 2001 and 2005. He was a member of the Public Accounts Committee, and has been a member of the Treasury Select Committee since 2005.

Love supported Peter Hain in the 2007 deputy leadership election. Since 1999 he has been a vice-patron of the Helen Rollason Cancer Appeal.

Love resigned his seat at the 2015 general election,[2] and was succeeded as MP for Edmonton by Kate Osamor of the Labour Party.[3]

Voting Record[edit]

How Andrew Love voted on key issues since 2000 (They Work For You):

  • Has never voted on a transparent Parliament.
  • Voted for introducing a smoking ban.
  • Voted for introducing ID cards.
  • Voted for introducing foundation hospitals.
  • Voted for introducing student top-up fees.
  • Voted for Labour's anti-terrorism laws.
  • Voted for the Iraq war.
  • Voted against investigating the Iraq war.
  • Voted for replacing Trident.
  • Voted for the hunting ban.
  • Voted for equal gay rights.

Personal life[edit]

Love married Ruth Rosenthal in 1983 in Haringey.


  1. ^ The Guardian newspaper (Retrieved 5 February 2010)
  2. ^ Edmonton MP Andy Love to step down before the general election in May
  3. ^ "Edmonton parliamentary constituency - Election 2015 - BBC News". Retrieved 2017-04-20. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ian Twinn
Member of Parliament for Edmonton
Succeeded by
Kate Osamor