Antoinette Sandbach

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Antoinette Sandbach
Antoinette Sandbach.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Eddisbury
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded by Stephen O'Brien
Majority 12,974 (27.4%)
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for North Wales
In office
6 May 2011 – 8 May 2015
Preceded by Brynle Williams
Succeeded by Janet Haworth
Personal details
Born Antoinette Geraldine Mackeson-Sandbach
(1969-02-15) 15 February 1969 (age 48)
Hafodunos, United Kingdom
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Matt
Children Sacha
Alma mater University of Nottingham
Website Official website

Antoinette Geraldine Mackeson-Sandbach (born 15 February 1969), known in politics as Antoinette Sandbach, is a Conservative Party politician who was elected as the Member of Parliament for Eddisbury at the 2015 general election. The following day, 8 May 2015, she resigned as the Welsh Assembly Member for the North Wales region. having been elected as a North Wales regional Assembly Member at the May 2011 election.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Her family has farmed the Hafodunos estate[2] in the Elwy valley of North Wales for six generations.[3] She was educated at Haileybury and Imperial Service College and the University of Nottingham.[4] The eldest of four sisters,[2] she practised law under her birth name of Antoinette Mackeson-Sandbach, but dropped the Mackeson when she entered politics. She was a criminal barrister in London for 12 years. Her daughter Sacha was born in 2002 but she split from Sacha's father in 2003 and moved back to Hafodunos in 2005.[3] She lost a 5-day-old son, Sam, to SIDS in 2009[2] and is married to Matt, a sculptor.[3]

Political career[edit]

Sandbach made a speech at a Save the Rhino fundraiser in 2007 that led to suggestions that she should enter politics.[2] She rang the Tory office in Colwyn Bay and within three months was standing for the Welsh Assembly in Delyn (Flintshire).[2] She then used her legal experience in a part-time job with Clwyd West MP David Jones.[3]

In the 2010 general election, Sandbach contested the Labour-held parliamentary constituency of Delyn. She lost, but achieved a swing of 6.7% from Labour to Conservative.[5] Following the death of Brynle Williams in 2011, she became a Conservative Regional Assembly Member for North Wales and Shadow Rural Affairs Minister in the Welsh Assembly.[3]

In March 2015, Sandbach was selected as the Conservative Party candidate for the Conservative-held seat of Eddisbury in Cheshire, England.[6] She held the safe Conservative seat with a majority of nearly 13,000,[7] and promptly resigned from the Welsh Assembly, to be succeeded by Janet Haworth.[7]

Sandbach was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[8]

Sandach retained the Eddisbury seat at the United Kingdom general election, 2017 with a majority of just under 12,000.[9]


  1. ^ Welsh Assembly election 2011
  2. ^ a b c d e Forgrave, Andrew (30 June 2011). "Art mirrors life for new North Wales Tory AM". Daily Post. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Batley, Sarah (19 July 2013). "At home with Antoinette Sandbach – Assembly Member for North Wales". Cheshire Life. 
  4. ^ 'MACKESON-SANDBACH, Antoinette, (Mrs M. R. Sherratt)', Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016
  5. ^ "Election 2010 – Delyn". BBC News. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Flint, Rachel (26 March 2015). "North Wales AM Antoinette Sandbach selected as Tory election candidate in safe Cheshire seat". Daily Post. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Election 2015: Antoinette Sandbach quits Welsh assembly". BBC News. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn’t and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  9. ^ ."Election 2015: Eddisbury Parliamentary Constituency". BBC News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 

External links[edit]

National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
Brynle Williams
Assembly Member
for North Wales

Succeeded by
Janet Haworth
Political offices
Preceded by
Brynle Williams
Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Stephen O'Brien
Member of Parliament
for Eddisbury