Andrew Rosindell has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for the constituency of Romford since 2001.
Born in Romford, Andrew was schooled locally at Rise Park and Marshalls Park School. Andrew became a councillor in the Chase Cross Ward, in the London Borough of Havering in 1990 and by 1998, he achieved the highest Conservative vote share in London – 88 per cent.
Andrew was elected to the House Commons in 2001 as the Member of Parliament for Romford and recorded the highest swing to the Conservatives, defeating the incumbent Member of Parliament, Eileen Gordon M.P. (Labour) with a swing of 9.2, achieving a majority of 5,977. It was the first seat to return to the Conservatives after the Labour landslide and Mr. Blair’s election of 1997. In 2004, Andrew was appointed as a Vice–Chairman of the Conservative Party.
Andrew has held his incumbency in all 5 subsequent elections, and in 2017 achieved his highest majority yet with a 60 per cent vote share, firmly increasing his vote share from 2015 by 8.4 per cent.
Known as one of Westminster’s more patriotic M.P.s, he has campaigned to have the Union Jack flown from important public buildings throughout the UK, and in 2010, was successful in his campaign to have it flown from the Houses of Parliament all year round. Andrew’s constituency of Romford voted 70 per cent to leave the EU and, as a determined euro-sceptic himself, he is determined to wholly represent these views within Parliament as Brexit unfolds.
Andrew is regularly involved in a variety of campaigns, notable causes include fighting for the right of abode for UK-Hong Kong Servicemen, and the fight to secure compensation for the victims of Libyan sponsored IRA terrorism where he is currently Chair of the Parliamentary Support Group.
Andrew maintains an active interest in foreign affairs, and is the longest-standing member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. His foreign interests also extend to chairmanship of a number of national and regional All-Party Parliamentary Groups, including those for Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Central America, Switzerland, the Channel Islands, the British Overseas Territories, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Montserrat, and the Commonwealth.
Andrew is also a governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, which works with emerging democracies to help them on their path to free and fair elections. He was also elected Co-Chair of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, which promotes political co-operation and dialogue between Britain and Ireland.
On a personal level, Andrew is a keen dog lover, and enjoys history, heritage and travel.
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