Andrew Murrison was born in Colchester in 1961. Studying at Bristol and Hughes Hall, Cambridge, he served for 18 years as a Medical Officer in the Royal Navy, leaving in October 2000 as a Surgeon Commander. In 2003 he was recalled to serve in Iraq.
Dr Murrison was elected to Parliament for the Westbury constituency in June 2001. Since the 2010 General Election he has represented the newly-created constituency of South West Wiltshire. In November 2003 he was appointed to the Conservative front bench as a health spokesman, transferring in July 2007 to defence.
In May 2010 Andrew became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Health and was asked by the Prime Minister to review and make recommendations on healthcare for members of the Service community. The principal recommendations in the subsequent reports 'Fighting Fit' and 'A Better Deal for Military Amputees' are now being rolled out by the Government. In November 2011 Andrew was appointed by the Prime Minister as his Special Representative for the Centenary Commemorations of the Great War.
On the 5th September 2012 Andrew was at the Ministry of Defence appointed as Minister for International Security Strategy moving to the Northern Ireland Office in 2014. At the 2015 General Election he returned to the backbenches and became a trade envoy to Morocco and Tunisia and, from 2017, Chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee. Married to Jenny, Andrew lives near Warminster with their five daughters.
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