Andrew Lewer


Andrew Iain Lewer[1] MBE (born 18 July 1971 in Burnley, Lancashire[2]) is a British Conservative Party politician. Elected as the Member of Parliament for Northampton South in the 2017 general election, he previously served as Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands from 2014 to 2017.[3]

Andrew Lewer

Member of Parliament
for Northampton South
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded byDavid Mackintosh
Majority4,697 (11.5%)
Member of the European Parliament for East Midlands
In office
1 July 2014  8 June 2017
Preceded byBill Newton Dunn
Succeeded byRupert Matthews
Leader of Derbyshire County Council
In office
June 2009  May 2013
Preceded byJohn Williams
Succeeded byAnne Western
Member of Derbyshire County Council for Ashbourne
In office
5 May 2005  7 May 2015
Preceded byR Caswell
Succeeded byStephen Bull
Personal details
Born (1971-07-18) 18 July 1971 (age 49)
Burnley, Lancashire, England
Political partyConservative
Alma materNewcastle University
Websitewww.andrewlewer.com

Early life and career


Lewer was born 18 July 1971 in Burnley, Lancashire. He attended Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Ashbourne, Derbyshire before studying History at Newcastle University.[4] He then entered into a career in publishing.[5]

Living in Derbyshire, he was elected as a Conservative Party Councillor to Derbyshire Dales District Council for the Ashbourne South ward in 2003 and then to Derbyshire County Council for the Ashbourne division in 2005. He became Group Leader in 2007.[6] The Conservatives took control of Derbyshire County Council in 2009, for the first time in 28 years, making Lewer the youngest county council leader in the country at the time. As Leader of the County Council, he also became Chairman of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site committee, the founding Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board and a founding director of the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire - D2N2.[7]

Although he was re-elected as a councillor, in the 2013 elections Labour regained control of Derbyshire County Council and Lewer lost his position as Council Leader.[8] He was awarded an MBE for services to local government in 2014.[9] At the conclusion of his three-year term of office as Leader of Derbyshire County Council, Andrew Lewer became Vice-President of the Local Government Association (LGA), a position he retains to this day.[10]

Member of the European Parliament


Lewer was elected to the European Parliament representing the East Midlands in 2014, replacing the former Conservative MEP Roger Helmer, who had defected to UKIP. Lewer was appointed to the Regional Development Committee and the Culture Committee as spokesperson for the European Conservative and Reformists Group in 2014.[11] He supported the UK leaving the EU, feeling David Cameron had failed to gain any meaningful concessions from his European counterparts.[12]

Member of Parliament


In May 2017, Lewer was selected to run as the new Conservative Party candidate for the Northampton South parliamentary constituency after the sitting Conservative MP David Mackintosh stood down in the face of a police investigation into alleged irregularities surrounding a controversial loan he had approved in his former role as the leader of the local council. Lewer was reportedly on his way to Brussels when he took a call informing him he was shortlisted, and had to turn around to get back in time for the meeting. Although not from Northampton, Lewer represented Northamptonshire within his East Midlands region as an MEP.[13]

Lewer was subsequently elected Member of Parliament for Northampton South in the 2017 general election.[14] Following his election win, he stood down as an MEP and was replaced in that role by former author Rupert Matthews. He retained his seat at the 2019 general election with an increased majority.

In March 2018, Lewer was criticised by local campaigners over cuts to library services in Northampton. Criticism followed the announcement that 21 book-lending services were at risk of closure in Northamptonshire, after the Conservative run County Council cut £40 million from its budget. Lewer responded that he had been far from silent on the issue and that he had been a long-standing critic of the leadership of the council.[15]

In February 2018, following the announcement that Northamptonshire County Council had brought in a "section 114" notice, putting it in special measures following a crises in its finances, Lewer was one of seven local MPs who released a statement arguing that the problems with the authority were down to mismanagement from the Conservative councillors who led it rather than funding cuts from the Conservative Government. They further argued that government commissioners should take over the running of the council.[16] In August 2018, Lewer broke ranks with the other MPs and said that while mismanagement had fuelled the Northamptonshire crisis, the council was also a victim of underlying financial pressures affecting all local authorities with social care responsibilities.[17]

In Parliament, he served on the European Scrutiny Committee and the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, during his first mandate.[18]

During the meaningful vote period, Andrew Lewer voted against the Government twice before voting for it a third time when faced with Theresa May reneging on her commitment to take the UK out of the EU on 29 March 2019.[19] During the subsequent Leadership election, Andrew Lewer supported Esther McVey and then Boris Johnson [20][21] Following the 2019 General Election, Andrew Lewer was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Home Office, having previously served after Boris Johnson was elected as PPS to the Northern Ireland Office, the Wales Office and the Scotland Office. In December 2020 Lewer was fired from his PPS post for leaking information to the press, after being caught by a canary trap.[22][23]

He is a member of the European Research Group [24] and Chairs the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Motor Neurone Disease,[25] Venezuela,[26] Independent Education,[27] Devolution,[28] Publishing,[29] and SME Housebuilding.[30]

Following an interim report on the connections between colonialism and properties now in the care of the National Trust, including links with historic slavery, Lewer was among the signatories of a letter to The Telegraph from the "Common Sense Group" of Conservative Parliamentarians. The letter accused the National Trust of being "coloured by cultural Marxist dogma, colloquially known as the 'woke agenda'".[31]

In December 2020 was sacked as a ministerial aide.[32]

Personal life


Lewer is married and has a young son. He is an honorary Alderman of the county of Derbyshire, where he was based before being elected as an MP.[33] He is also employed part-time as a consultant to a property development company based in Derbyshire.[34]

References


  1. "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11784.
  2. "European Parliament MEPs: Andrew Lewer". European Parliament. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  3. "vote 2014 - East Midlands". BBC. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  4. "Linkedin". Linkedin. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  5. "MagazineMediaEU" (PDF). European Parliament Media. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  6. "About Andrew". Personal website. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  7. "About Andrew". Personal website. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  8. "Derbyshire election 2013: Labour wins back control". BBC News. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  9. "Ashbourne". www.ashbournenewstelegraph.co.uk.
  10. "Local Government Membership". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  11. (PDF) http://conservativeeurope.com/publications/Westminster%20Guide%203_Layout%2018.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. "Theresa May's new wave of Brexit believers". Politico. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  13. "Northampton South: Lewer wins selection". Conservative Home. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  14. "Election results 2017: Northamptonshire remains a sea of blue". BBC News. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  15. "'Their collective silence has been deafening' say library campaigners but Northamptonshire MPs hit back after criticism". Northampton Chronicle and Echo. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  16. "Northamptonshire MPs call for county council takeover". BBC News. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  17. "Tory MP breaks ranks on Northamptonshire council crisis". The Guardian. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  18. "Andrew Lewer MP". GOV.UK. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  19. "Brexit Update". Personal website. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  20. "Esther McVeys optimistic blue collar conservatism is just what our country needs". Telegraph. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  21. "Why I am backing Boris". Personal website. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  22. "Parliamentary Private Secretaries" (PDF). Gov.uk. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  23. Bland, Archie (18 December 2020). "Ministerial aide sacked after leaking of letter warning MPs not to leak to media". The Guardian.
  24. "European Research Group Membership". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  25. "Scrap 6 Months campaign discussed in Parliament". Motor Neurone Disease Association. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  26. "Venezuela APPG". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  27. "Independent Education APPG". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  28. "Devolution APPG". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  29. "Publishing APPG". The All Party Parliamentary Group on Publishing. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  30. "SME Housebuilding APPG". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  31. "Britain's heroes". Letter to the Daily Telegraph. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2021.CS1 maint: others (link)
  32. "Andrew Lewer: MP sacked as ministerial aide over leaked letter". BBC News. 18 December 2020. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  33. "About Andrew". Personal website. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  34. "Register of Members Interests". HM Government. Retrieved 23 August 2018.