Andrew Mitchell

Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield

Chief Whip

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He has seen first-hand the impact that deprivation, conflict and oppression have on the lives of ordinary people around the world. Having served as a UN peacekeeper in Cyprus in the 1970s, he went on to work and travel extensively in Africa and East Asia, experiences that have stayed with him throughout his time as an MP. He was appointed Secretary of State for International Development in May 2010. In September 2012, Andrew was appointed as Chief Whip in the House of Commons.

For three successive years (2007-9) Andrew organised Project Umubano, a social action project where Conservative volunteers work on a variety of development projects in Rwanda. A short film about the latest project, led by Stephen Crabb MP, can be seen here.

Andrew has represented Sutton Coldfield since 2001. He has focused particularly on local growth and development issues which seriously affect the town.

Andrew was MP for Gedling from 1987 to 1997 and was a Government Minister from 1992 to 1997. For a number of years he has been heavily involved in the Alexandra Rose organisation, which supports small charities who help children and disabled people.


  • MP for Sutton Coldfield, 2001-
  • Chief Whip, September 2012 - October 2012
  • Secretary of State for International Development, May 2010 - September 2012
  • Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, May 2005 - May 2010
  • Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, Sept 2004 to May 2005
  • Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs, Nov 2003 - Sept 2004
  • Minister for Social Security, 1995 - 1997
  • Government Whip, 1992 - 1995
  • Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party, 1992 - 1993
  • MP for Gedling, Nottinghamshire, 1987 - 1997


  • Married to Dr Sharon Bennett, a GP. They have two children.