Andrew has lived in Derbyshire all his life, in Darley Dale and Chesterfield, attending St Mary’s R.C High School and then Sheffield University where he earned his degree in Urban Studies and Planning. Andrew now works in Matlock.
Andrew first joined the Liberal Democrats at university during the run up to Labour’s illegal war in Iraq when he was impressed by the principled stand taken by Lib Dem MPs such as Charles Kennedy and Chesterfield’s Paul Holmes against the war – despite Tory and Labour accusations of appeasement.
He became more involved in politics after being diagnosed with cancer in 2013 – his experience of the highs and lows of NHS care during a year long period to recovery led him to want to fight for both consistently excellent care and also for the hard working staff that have found themselves with increased burdens, falling real terms wages and, in the case of the many EU nationals working in the NHS, uncertain futures.
Andrew passionately campaigned for ‘Remain’ in last year’s EU referendum. During the campaign, as one of the organisers of the campaign in Derbyshire, he ran street stalls and spoke to many people who were voting Leave. Amongst the wide range of reasons people were voting to leave, few wanted the extreme version of Brexit pursued by the Conservatives, with help from Labour. This is why Andrew strongly believes that the people should be able to pass judgement on the final deal negotiated with the EU – with the option to stay.
Andrew would work hard for Derbyshire Dales – an area the Conservatives have taken for granted for too long