Andy Slaughter

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Andy Slaughter

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Shadow Minister for Housing
In office
21 October 2016 – 29 June 2017
Preceded byJohn Healey (Housing and Planning)
Succeeded byTony Lloyd
Shadow Minister for Justice
In office
11 October 2010 – 27 June 2016
Preceded byMaria Eagle
Helen Jones
The Lord Bach
Succeeded byYasmin Qureshi
Member of Parliament
for Hammersmith
Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush (2005–2010)
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded byClive Soley
Majority18,651 (35.7%)
Personal details
Born (1960-09-29) 29 September 1960 (age 58)
Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Exeter

Andrew Francis Slaughter (born 29 September 1960) is a British Labour Party politician who was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Hammersmith in 2010.

He had previously been MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush from 2005 to 2010 and before that, Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He stood at the Uxbridge by-election in July 1997, following the unexpected death seven days after the 1997 general election of incumbent Sir Michael Shersby. The seat was held for the Conservatives by John Randall.

At the 2005 general election, Slaughter was elected as the member of parliament for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush in London, retaining the seat for Labour following the retirement of his predecessor, Clive Soley.

Slaughter has been Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party London Regional Group since 2007. He was a member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee in 2009–10 and in 2010 of the London Regional Select Committee and Joint Committee on Human Rights. Previously he was member of the Regulatory Reform Select Committee (2005–07) and Children, Schools and Families Select Committee (2007–09).

Slaughter's interests include the Middle East and particularly Palestine. He is Secretary of the Britain-Palestine All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and Vice-Chair of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East. His interests are reflected in the other APPGs of which he is a member, including country groups for Bahrain, Somalia, Albania, Kosovo and Spain. He is a member of Labour Friends of Poland and of the Caribbean, and of domestic groups for Crossrail, Housing, Gypsy Roma and Travellers, and Conflict Issues.

He has spoken in the House of Commons on housing, local government, education and climate change issues.[1]

He has campaigned against increases in Air Passenger Duty, Heathrow expansion and the planned demolition of social housing by the Conservative Council in his constituency.[2]

The Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush constituency underwent a boundary change for the 2010 general election, and on 30 November 2006, the new Hammersmith Constituency Labour Party selected Slaughter as the Labour candidate for the new Hammersmith seat which he won in the 2010 general election with an increased majority.

In government[edit]

He was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Stephen Ladyman MP, Minister of State for the Department for Transport and served from November 2005 to June 2007. In June 2007, he was appointed PPS to Lord Malloch-Brown, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and also served as PPS to Lord Digby Jones, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and between July 2007 and October 2008.

On 27 January 2009, he resigned his PPS role as he opposed the Government's plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.[3]

In opposition[edit]

In October 2010, Slaughter was invited to join the Labour frontbench as Shadow Justice Minister[4] with responsibility for courts and tribunals, criminal law, freedom of information, the legal profession, civil justice reform and Legal Aid.[citation needed] Slaughter served as the lead shadow minister opposing the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 and the Justice and Security Act 2012. He resigned in June 2016, citing concerns over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.[5] He supported Owen Smith in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[6] He was appointed as Shadow Minister for Housing in October 2016,[7] however he was sacked from the frontbench in June 2017 after he voted in favour of an amendment to the Queen's Speech which called on the UK to remain in the European Single Market, in defiance of the Labour whip.[8]


  1. ^ "Andy Slaughter". Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Interview with Andy Slaughter by Chris Underwood". Chris Underwood. 25 February 2010. Archived from the original on 28 February 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  3. ^ Slaughter, Andy (27 January 2009). "Andy Slaughter resigns from the Government over Heathrow expansion". Andy Slaughter. Retrieved 27 January 2009.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Andy Slaughter MP". UK Parliament.
  5. ^ Slaughter, Andy (28 June 2016). "With much regret I have resigned from the Labour Frontbench after six years as a Shadow".
  6. ^ Smith, Mikey; Bloom, Dan (20 July 2016). "Which MPs are nominating Owen Smith in the Labour leadership contest?". Mirror. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Andy Slaughter MP". UK Parliament.
  8. ^ Asthana, Anushka (29 June 2017). "Jeremy Corbyn sacks three frontbenchers after single market vote". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 June 2017.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Clive Soley
Member of Parliament for Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Constituency created
Member of Parliament for Hammersmith