Andy Slaughter is a British Labour Party politician and has been the Member of Parliament for Hammersmith since 2010.
He had previously been MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush from 2005 to 2010 and before that, Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council. He is currently a Shadow Justice Minister, serving on the Labour Party's frontbench.
Andy was born in Hammersmith and educated at Peterborough Primary School on Clancarty Road. At 11, he went to the independent Latymer Upper School before being admitted to the University of Exeter, where he read English between 1979 and 1982. For the next 16 years he lived in Hammersmith before moving in 1998 to Askew Road in Shepherds Bush.
In the 1980s Andy had a number of jobs working in the voluntary, public and private sectors. Andy worked for the British Safety Council, a charity based on Hammersmith Broadway, and for Hammersmith & Fulham Council in libraries around the borough and at Fulham Town Hall. He then worked for commercial PR firms before moving on to research, first for the BBC and then in Parliament. He spent two years in this role for Michael Meacher MP when he was Shadow Secretary for Employment and Social Security.
In his early thirties he studied Law, qualifying as a barrister in 1993. He practised from the Bridewell Chambers in Blackfriars in criminal and civil law before specialising in personal injury and housing law. He stopped practising when elected as MP for Ealing, Acton & Shepherds Bush in 2005.
Political and community activity
In 1983 he joined the Fulham Labour Party, becoming a Hammersmith and Fulham councillor for Gibbs Green ward in 1986, and from 2002 he was councillor for the North End ward in West Kensington. He held his seat as a member of the council for 20 years, being elected Deputy Leader in 1991 and leader in 1996. He stepped down from this role in 2005. Andy was one of the first executive mayors in the country, but reverted to the title of council leader when the government's initiative failed to become law.
He served for twenty years as a director of Broadway, a local charity for the single homeless and also on the board of Hammersmith & Fulham Community Law Centre. He is a governor of William Morris Sixth Form in Barons Court, a school which he helped to establish in 1994.
He stood at the Uxbridge by-election in July 1997, following the unexpected death seven days after the 1997 general election of incumbent Sir Michael Shersby. The seat was held for the Conservatives by John Randall.
Andy went on to gain a seat in Westminster at the 2005 general election, when he was elected as MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush in London after the retirement of veteran Labour MP Clive Soley.
Andy has been Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party London Regional Group since 2007. He was a member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee in 2009-10 and in 2010 of the London Regional Select Committee and Joint Committee on Human Rghts. Previously he was member of the Regulatory Reform Select Committee (2005–07) and Children, Schools and Families Select Committee (2007–09).
Andy's interests include the Middle East and particularly Palestine. He is Secretary of the Britain-Palestine All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and Vice-Chair of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East. His interests are reflected in the other APPGs of which he is a member, including country groups for Bahrain, Somalia, Albania, Kosovo and Spain. He is a member of Labour Friends of Poland and of the Caribbean, and of domestic groups for Crossrail, Housing, Gypsy Roma and Travellers, and Conflict Issues..
He has spoken in the House of Commons on housing, local government, education and climate change issues.
He has campaigned against increases in Air Passenger Duty, Heathrow expansion and the planned demolition of social housing by the Conservative Council in his constituency.
The Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush constituency underwent a boundary change for the 2010 general election, and on 30 November 2006, the new Hammersmith Constituency Labour Party selected Andy as the Labour candidate for the new Hammersmith seat which he won in the 2010 general election with an increased majority.
He was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Stephen Ladyman MP, Minister of State for the Department for Transport and served from November 2005 to June 2007. In June 2007, he was appointed PPS to Lord Malloch-Brown, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and also served as PPS to Lord Digby Jones, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and between July 2007 and October 2008.
On 27 January 2009, he resigned as Lord Malloch-Brown's PPS over the Government's plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
In October 2010, Andy was invited to join the Labour frontbench as Shadow Justice Minister with responsibility for courts and tribunals, criminal law, freedom of information, the legal profession, civil justice reform and Legal Aid. Andy served as the lead shadow minister opposing the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 and the Justice and Security Act 2012.