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Stuart Andrew was born in 1971 where he spent the first few years of his life in the famous tongue-twisting village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales. He later attended Ysgol David Hughes in Menai Bridge. Stuart's upbringing cannot be described as that of a typical Tory. He grew up on a council estate. His father was a welder and experienced periods of long-term unemployment and his mother worked in a newsagents.
Stuart left school after completing his A levels and started work for the then Department of Social Security. However, having always had a keen interest in fundraising and voluntary work, he took the opportunity to join the British Heart Foundation in 1994. This helped to gain valuable experience in the voluntary sector which then lead to roles at Hope House Children's Hospice and East Lancashire Hospice. Latterly, he was appointed Fundraising Manager at Martin House Children's Hospice where he was responsible for leading a team charged with raising £4 million a year.
Stuart's involvement in politics stems from many years of involvement in the local community. He was elected to Leeds City Council in 2003 when he gained the Labour seat of Aireborough for the Conservatives. Following boundary changes, he then became the representative for the Guiseley and Rawdon Ward. He was a member of the Planning Panel and a keen campaigner against excessive developments in his Ward (which he continues to be). He was also the Lead Member for the Development Department and had particular responsibility for Transport Policy in the City. During this time, he helped to draw up the Local Transport Plan for West Yorkshire with members of neighbouring authorities.
In May 2010, he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough and sits on the Welsh Affairs Committee. Stuart is particularly interested in health and is the Health MP for the cross-party group of MPs in Leeds. He is also a patron of the Westminster Health Forum.