Andrew Rosindell M.P is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Romford in Essex. He was first elected to Parliament in 2001, having been the first Conservative to gain a seat from Labour after 1997. Renowned for being an expert campaigner, when elected in 2001, Andrew secured the largest swing to the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom. He was re-elected to the House of Commons in 2005, 2010 and 2015 and has now served in Parliament for sixteen years.
In 2010 and 2015 Andrew was elected to serve as a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee in Parliament. Through the Committee he will be taking an even closer interest in British foreign policy and international affairs. He is also Chairman of the British-Canadian All Party Parliamentary Group and an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Andrew is Chairman of the Flags & Heraldry Committee and recently won a long running campaign to have the Union Flag flown for the Victoria Tower of the U.K. Parliament all year round. He also chairs the Royal Society of St. George (Houses of Parliament Branch), along with a number of other cross party groups in Parliament, including those dedicated to Australia & New Zealand, British Overseas Territories, Canada, Channel Islands, Chagos (British Indian Ocean Territory) Isle of Man, Montserrat, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Mauritius.
He was formerly a Shadow Home Affairs Minister with special responsibility for Animal Welfare, having previously served as one of Her Majesty’s Opposition Whips and Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party. He continues to take a strong interest in animal welfare issues and is Chairman of the Zoos & Aquariums group and Secretary of the Associate Group on Animal Welfare.
Politically, Andrew is known for being a great supporter of Lady Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979–1990. Lady Thatcher personally campaigned for Andrew in both the 2001 and 2005 General Elections. Andrew has a particular interest in issues relating to the Monarchy, the Flag and the Commonwealth and also spends much time working in support of the sixteen British Overseas Territories and five Crown Dependencies.
He was also appointed as a Governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy in July 2010 by the then Foreign Secretary, The Rt. Hon. William Hague M.P.
He is also a member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.