Andrew has had a lifelong commitment to politics. He believes passionately that the role of government is to ensure a peaceful and prosperous nation, in every region and for people in all walks of life. For him, this philosophy applies in rural and urban areas, having lived and worked in Yorkshire, Ayrshire, Glasgow, London and Leeds.
Andrew has been a doctor all his professional life and defends UK ownership and management of the NHS. He has many years of experience as a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon in the NHS and then as a palliative care doctor in a hospice. He has experience of negotiating, taking decisions and managing budgets of national importance and of course believes that healthcare should be free at the point of delivery.
Andrew is a keen musician, both singing and playing the trombone in variety of musical genres.
He has lived in the Skipton and Ripon constituency for the past ten years and runs a smallholding on which he keeps sheep, chickens and bees. He left the Labour party in 2017 due to differences of philosophy and policies but continues to energetically oppose the Conservatives and to promote the centrist and Europhile ideals of the Liberal Democrats.
Andrew is a firm believer in EU membership which helps to ensure economic, social and environmental stability and wellbeing. He is well aware that the EU, with the UK government, defends the standards Britain expects in terms of environmental protection, food quality, security and employment rights.
Locally, Andrew is active in local politics and his community. As a Parish Councillor he has facilitated an electronic communication system to improve communication among residents e.g. in the case of local developments or severe weather. He is concerned that local democracy is preserved and that all voices in the community are given a voice.