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Personal History

Andrew was born in 1962 and married Harriet in 1993 and they have three girls. They live in the South West Bedfordshire constituency in Studham near to Whipsnade Zoo.

Andrew is on the council of reference of South Bedfordshire Community Family Trust and is the President of the Leighton Buzzard branch of the Parkinson’s Disease Society and Patron of Leighton-Linslade Homeless Service, Patron of Homestart Central Bedfordshire and Leighton Buzzard Brain Tumour Action. He was a Territorial Army officer for twelve years and served in Germany, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States of America.

Andrew qualified as a chartered insurer and worked as a reinsurance underwriter before being elected to Parliament. His firm helped many of the world’s poorest communities recover from natural disasters.

Andrew supports local homeless charities by taking part in annual sponsored sleep-outs, most recently in the grounds of St Albans Abbey last December.

Andrew Selous’ Experience:

Elected to Parliament for South West Bedfordshire in 2001, he served on the Work and Pensions select committee for the whole of that Parliament. In 2003 he was appointed parliamentary private secretary to the Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party and the Shadow Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Michael Ancram QC MP. In 2004 he was appointed an opposition whip and in 2006 he was appointed a shadow work and pensions minister. He has taken the Child Poverty Bill, the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill and the Health and Safety Offences Bill through the House of Commons. In 2010 he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

He is also Chairman of APPG for Sustainable Relationships and Officer of the APPG for Fatherhood and Human Trafficking

Andrew Selous MP

  • Youth Justice | Justice | Written Answers September 12, 2014
    I refer the hon. Member to a previous answer of 26 November 2013 to question 176385, HC Deb 26 Nov 2013, Official Report, column 234W, which provides the Youth Justice Board’s budget for... […]
  • Probation: North West | Justice | Written Answers September 11, 2014
    All cases live on 1 June 2014 have been allocated to either the NPS or CRCs. Cases were transferred during the process of transitioning to new probation structures. The National Probation... […]
  • Probation | Justice | Written Answers September 11, 2014
    It is standard practice for the Major Projects Authority (MPA) to undertake assessments of major projects and programmes, such as the Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) reforms to the Probation... […]
  • Prisoners’ Release | Justice | Written Answers September 11, 2014
    I refer the right hon. Member to the answer my predecessor gave in June. We do not centrally hold data on the number of prisoners transferred from closed to open prisons for the time period... […]
  • Prisoner Escapes | Justice | Written Answers September 11, 2014
    Progression to open prison is never automatic and only those prisoners who are assessed as a low risk of harm to the public and a low risk of abscond will be held in open conditions. Prisoners... […]
  • Belmarsh Prison | Justice | Written Answers September 10, 2014
    The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) policy on prisoner categorisation is set out in Prison Service Instruction 40/11 (Categorisation and Re-categorisation of adult male offenders).... […]