Andrew Selous was re-elected MP for South West Bedfordshire on May 7th 2015 with 28212 votes, taking 55.0% of the vote.
Born in 1962, a great nephew of Lord Casey, a Governor-General and Foreign Secretary of Australia, he was educated at the London School of Economics. He was formerly a director of his family business CNS Electronics, and an accountant with Price Waterhouse, then a reinsurance underwriter with Great Lakes UK plc. He was for thirteen years a Territorial Army officer with the Honourable Artillery Company and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, serving in Cyprus, the Netherlands and Germany.
He was active in Conservative associations in Battersea and Vauxhall; and contested the Labour stronghold of Sunderland North in 1997, coming second with 16.7 per cent of the vote.
He is a committed Christian. He was Chairman of the Conservative Christian Fellowship and now chairs the cross party group Christians in Parliament. He says his faith was his motivation for wanting to become an MP. He supports Tearfund. He is vice-chairman of the All-Party Group on poverty and treasurer of the pro-life Group. He has been a supporter and fundraiser for CARE, CRISIS and the Shaftesbury Society, and sleeps rough to raise funds for local homeless charities.
In his maiden speech in 2005 he cited Wilberforce and Shaftesbury as his inspirations, and said he wished to see the Conservatives become the Party of the poor and disadvantaged. He has been a vocal backbencher, especially on social and moral questions.
He supported Iain Duncan Smith in the 2001 leadership contest, but did not declare his hand in 2005, as he was in the Whips' office.
Married with three daughters, he lives in his constituency in the villiage of Studham, near Whipsnade Zoo. He speaks French and his hobbies are family, walking, running, tennis and bridge.
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Date of Birth
27 April 1962
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