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.

Early life

Andy was born in Fulham and educated at Peterborough Primary School on Clancarty Road, SW6. At 11, he went to the independent Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, and then to the University of Exeter, where he read English between 1979 and 1982. For the next 16 years he lived in Fulham before moving in 1998 to Askew Road in Shepherds Bush.

Employment history

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 still based in Hammersmith, and for Hammersmith & Fulham Council. He then moved on to research, first in Parliament and then for the BBC. He spent two years as advisor to Michael Meacher MP, Shadow Secretary for Employment and later Social Security.

Andy studied Law, and was as a barrister in 1993. He practised from Bridewell Chambers in Blackfriars 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 Andy joined the Fulham Labour Party, becoming a Hammersmith and Fulham councillor for Gibbs Green ward in 1986, and from 2002 for the North End ward in West Kensington. He held his seat 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 (now part of St Mungos), a local charity for the single homeless. He has been a member of the management board of Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre for over 20 years. He is a governor of William Morris Sixth Form in Barons Court, a school which he helped to establish in 1994.

Parliamentary career

Andy stood unsuccessfully at the Uxbridge by-election in July 1997.

He 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 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 Rights. 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 democracy in the Gulf, Albania and Kosovo, Poland, Roma, Gypsy and Travelers, leaseholder forum and homelessness.

He speaks regularly in the House of Commons on a range of local, national and international 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 and held in 2015 and 2017.

In government

Andy 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 Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

On 27 January 2009, he resigned as PPS over the Government’s plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

In opposition

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.

In October 2016, Andy was invited to join Labour’s Front Bench as a Shadow Minister for Housing and Shadow Minister for London. As a Shadow Housing Minister, Andy had responsibility for homelessness and the private rented sector. He served as the lead shadow minister on the Homelessness Reduction Bill.

He was sacked from the front bench in June 2017 for voting in support of the UK’s continued membership of the Customs Union and Single Market. He continues to work for continued close links with the EU and a People’s Vote on the deal negotiated by the Government.

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