About Stuart

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 grew up on a council estate during which time 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 in 2012 he was made Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General. Stuart is particularly interested in health and was the Health MP for the cross-party group of MPs in Leeds. He was also a patron of the Westminster Health Forum.

In 2012, Stuart brought forward a bill that would create a new power for Governors to "Destroy of otherwise dispose of any unauthorised property found within a prison or an escort vehicle". The bill was supported by both the Coalition and also the Labour Party, with Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Sadiq Khan, expressing his support for it.

In the 2015 General Election, Stuart was re-elected with a majority of 4,501, and then took on the role of Parliamentary Private Secretary to Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport. Stuart has always taken an active role in All Party Parliamentary Groups during his parliamentary career, including chairing the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Heart Disease and Islamophobia.

In September 2016, Stuart was announced as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Patrick McLoughlin in his capacity as Party Chairman and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Stuart was also appointed the Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party with specific responsibility for cities.

Following the June 2017 General Election, Stuart was re-elected to Parliament and appointed as an Assistant Government Whip and he also enjoyed a role as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales.

In July 2018, Stuart was appointed Minister for Defence Procurement at the Ministry of Defence. 

Stuart lives in Guiseley and, when time permits, enjoys walking his dog, socialising with friends and going to the gym.