Andrew Mitchell has been MP for Sutton Coldfield since 2001. Previously he was the MP for Gedling from 1987 to 1997. During this period he held office as a Government Whip and as Minister for Social Security. He also served as a Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1992 to 1993. In November 2003 he was appointed Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs and subsequently Shadow Minister for Home Affairs.
Andrew Mitchell was Secretary of State for International Development in the British Government from May 2010 until he became Government Chief Whip in September 2012. He was a member of the National Security Council in Britain and a Governor of the World Bank between 2010 and 2012. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 2010. Prior to joining the cabinet in 2010, he also held numerous junior positions in Government (1992-1997) and in opposition (2003-2010).
Andrew is committed to serving the people of Royal Sutton Coldfield. He is currently campaigning on a number of important local issues in Sutton Coldfield and very active in addressing issues of local development where he feels they adversely affect the Royal Town, especially the ongoing threat to Sutton’s Green Belt. He has also been focusing on campaigns to regenerate Sutton’s Town Centre and fighting the closure of the local Library, following the successful campaign to restore the Town’s historic Royal status.
In 2017 he was appointed as a Senior Adviser to the African Development Bank (AfDB). Previously Andrew served in the Army (Royal Tank Regiment) as a UN Peacekeeper before joining the international Investment Bank, Lazard where he worked on and off for 30 years. He was a Director of Lazard Asia and Lazard India as well as of Lazard London.
He is a fellow at Cambridge University; a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and at the School of International Studies of Peking University; and a Honorary Professor in the School of Social Sciences for the University of Birmingham.
Andrew was educated at Rugby School and Cambridge University, where he was elected President of the Cambridge Union.
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