Andrea Jenkyns


Andrea Marie Jenkyns (born 16 June 1974) is a British politician serving as Deputy Chairwoman of the European Research Group (ERG) since 2019. She was first elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Morley and Outwood in West Yorkshire at the 2015 general election, defeating Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.[1][2] She is an advocate for the Eurosceptic organisation Leave Means Leave.[3] She was a strong critic of Theresa May during her leadership of the Conservative Party due to her handling of Brexit.[4]

Andrea Jenkyns

Jenkyns in 2020
Deputy Chairman of the European Research Group
Assumed office
23 December 2019
Serving with Mark Francois (2019–2020) & David Jones (2020–present)
LeaderBoris Johnson
ChairmanSteve Baker
Mark Francois
Preceded bySteve Baker
Member of Parliament
for Morley and Outwood
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byEd Balls
Majority11,267 (21.7%)
Personal details
Born (1974-06-16) 16 June 1974 (age 46)
Beverley, Humberside, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
(m. 2017)
Children1
Alma materUniversity of Lincoln
Open University
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life and career


Jenkyns was born in Beverley, Humberside. After leaving school at 16, she worked at Greggs bakery.[5] When she was 18, Jenkyns' father sent her photo off to a beauty pageant and she got into the final for Miss UK.[6] Her employment history has included being a music tutor in a secondary school and an executive with a management training company.[citation needed] In her late thirties, Jenkyns studied for a degree in Economics from the Open University and then in International Relations from the University of Lincoln.[7]

She is a former Lincolnshire County Councillor for Boston North West, having defeated the British National Party in a closely run election winning by only 14 votes after she was forced to re-stand in a by-election, following an administrative error relating to her existing employment by the county council.[citation needed] Having won the seat in 2009, she lost it to the UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate at the following council elections in 2013.

Parliamentary career


Following an open primary in 2013, Jenkyns was selected to contest the Morley and Outwood parliamentary seat as the Conservative candidate.[8] In the 2015 general election, she was elected with a slim majority of 422 votes, unseating Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls in the process.[8][9] From July 2015, she sat on the Health Select Committee.

Jenkyns supported Brexit in the 2016 EU membership referendum[10] and was a member of the Exiting the European Union Select Committee from 2016 to 2019.[11] Jenkyns stated that she was willing to vote against the Government if it brought forward to the House of Commons the Chequers proposals on Brexit.[12][needs update]

In the 2017 general election, Jenkyns increased her vote share by 11.8%, though only increased her majority to 2,104 as Labour's vote share also increased. Both were helped by the lack of a UKIP candidate in her constituency.[13]

Jenkyns is a Trustee and the Regional Representative (Voluntary) for the charity MRSA Action UK, having joined following the death of her father from the superbug MRSA.[14][7]

In May 2018, Jenkyns quit her role as a PPS in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in order to focus on fighting for Brexit.[15]

In July 2018, after David Davis resigned from the Cabinet, Jenkyns called for the Prime Minister Theresa May to be replaced, saying: "Theresa May's premiership is over."[16][17] She called on the Prime Minister to return to her Lancaster House speech, stating "Prime Ministers keep their jobs when they keep their promises".[18]

She submitted a formal letter to the 1922 Committee requesting a vote of confidence in Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party; letters from 48 MPs are required to trigger a vote of confidence.[19] Following this, Iain Dale put Andrea Jenkyns on his Top 100 Most Influential Conservatives of 2018 List, that he produces annually.[20]

Jenkyns created media attention in January 2019 by stating that Kenya exports flowers to the EU under WTO terms, which was proven wrong.[21][better source needed] In May 2019, Jenkyns received further media attention for her appearance on the BBC's Politics Live show, as she was unable to name any countries that trade solely with the EU using World Trade Organization (WTO) terms.[22]

Jenkyns has received a number of death threats, largely as a result of her stance on Brexit.[23] In October 2019 she discovered graffiti on the wall of her office calling for her to kill herself.[23] In the summer of 2019, a person was taken to court for threatening to "rip" her face off.[23] In 2018, she received a threatening and sexually explicit email calling for her to be cut with barbed wire and die.[23]

Jenkyns is opposed to Britain's sugary drink tax, arguing instead for "better education, better labelling [and] parental responsibility".[24]

Jenkyns held her seat at the 2019 general election with a much increased majority.[25] Jenkyns experienced a considerable amount of abuse and intimidation during the campaign.[26] After the election, she was elected Vice-Chair of the European Research Group, replacing Steve Baker, who became the Chair.[27]

In February 2020, Jenkyns defended her decision to provide a character reference for the court case of a Conservative Party activist who made violent threats to Labour MP Yvette Cooper and was subsequently jailed for nine weeks. The statement described the activist as a "decent and honest person whose heart is in the right place". Jenkyns said that the activist had mental health issues and she wanted his emotional and mental well-being to be taken into consideration as part of the judicial process.[28]

Personal life


Jenkyns lives in Gildersome, West Yorkshire and London; the latter for her Parliamentary duties where she lives with her husband, fellow Conservative MP Jack Lopresti, and her son,[29] who was born in 2017 and named after her late father. She married Lopresti, the MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke in Bristol, in St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster on 22 December 2017,[30] two years after it had been reported that she was having an extramarital affair with him.[31][32]

Jenkyns suffers from fibromyalgia and glossopharyngeal neuralgia which cause bouts of debilitating pain.[33]

Jenkyns is a vegetarian and supports improvement of animal rights. She also supports keeping the ban on fox hunting.[7] In 2015, her dogs Lady and Godiva won top prize in the Westminster Dog of the Year show.[34]

On 30 July 2019, Jenkyns suffered from concussion and whiplash after swinging on her chair during a meeting in her constituency.[35]

Jenkyns is an opera soprano singer.[36]

References


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  6. Scott, Caroline (20 March 2016). "Relative Values: Andrea Jenkyns, Tory MP, and her mum, Valerie". TheTimes. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
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  24. "Two Yorkshire MPs hit out at the 'nanny state' they say is stripping away individual choice and responsibility". Yorkshire Post. 2 October 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
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  26. Close, Cristina Criddle, Natalie Ktena and Emma (21 December 2019). "'Abuse on the campaign trail doesn't shock me any more'". Retrieved 23 December 2019.
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  28. Duffy, Nick (7 February 2020). "Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns defends giving character reference to activist jailed for violent Brexit threats". inews. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  29. "About Andrea". Personal website. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  30. "Brexit baby brings the Commons together in laughter". ITV News. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  31. "Bristol MP Jack Lopresti having affair with Tory colleague, Conservative party confirms". ITV News. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  32. "Tory MPs admit to relationship after photo shows them canoodling at train station". Daily Telegraph. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
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  34. Bloom, Dan (29 October 2015). "The Tories have triumphed in a public vote - at this adorable dog contest". mirror.
  35. MP, Andrea Jenkyns (30 July 2019). "That's the last time I swing on my chair during a meeting! Whiplash and concussion. Thanks so much to all the wonderful staff at LGI. #AccidentProneTuesdaypic.twitter.com/9EAcCRtHQw". @andreajenkyns. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  36. Wilkinson, Michael (29 December 2015). "Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns, who admitted she is dating married MP, releases charity music single". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 April 2021.