Andrew Lewer is the Conservative MP for Northampton South, having first been elected to Parliament in the 2017 general election. He was re-elected in the 2019 General Election with a majority of 4,697.
Northampton South contains the centre of the town of Northampton, where three fifths of the local population supported Leave in the 2016 Brexit referendum. Like its neighbour in Northampton North, this is a key marginal constituency which very often reflects the government of the day.
Born in 1971, Andrew Lewer was educated at Newcastle University, and then at Downing College, Cambridge, where he studied History. He worked in publishing before becoming involved in politics.
Andrew Lewer served as a Member of European Parliament for the West Midlands from 2014 to 2017.
Prior to being an MEP, Lewer was also a councillor on Derbyshire County Council, where he served as Leader of the County Council between 2009 and 2013.
Lewer is the only person in the country who can claim to have served as an MP, an MEP and a Council Leader.
A junior PPS, Lewer was removed from his post in late 2020. It has been suggested that something of a ‘canary trap’ was apparently laid to find out who was providing information to the press around potential covid lockdowns. Mr Lewer has denied that he was the source of any such leaks.
Lewer was a supporter of Brexit and is a member of the European Reform Group of Conservative MPs. He supported Boris Johnson in the 2019 Conservative leadership election.
Andrew Lewer is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on the Private Rented Sector, Small House Builders, Devolution, Independent Education, Motor Neurone Disease, Venezuela, and Publishing. He is the Vice of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Theatre, Writers, Jordan, Adult Social Care, Accounting for Growth, Council Housing, Building for Growth, and Housing and Planning.
He is married with one son.
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