- Andrew Smith (politician)
name = Andrew Smith
honorific-suffix = MP
caption = The Rt Hon. Andrew Smith, with
Hilary Bennin the background
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
term_start = 29 May 2002
term_end = 8 September 2004
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
term_start2 =11 October 1999
term_end2 = 29 May 2002
constituency_MP3 = Oxford East
majority3 = 963 (2.3%)
term_start3 = 11 June 1987
birth_date = Birth date and age|1952|02|1|df=yes
nationality = British
party = Labour
He went to Reading Grammar School, then went to
St John's College, Oxford, where he gained a BA and BPhil. He was the Member Relations Officer for Oxford and Swindon Co-op Society from 1979-87. He became an Oxford City councillor when aged 25 in 1976, leaving the council in 1987.
He contested Oxford East in 1983. He is MP for Oxford East, which he won in 1987 from the Conservative Party. After Labour's victory in the 1997 general election he was made a minister in the
Department for Education and Employment. He was Chief Secretary to the Treasuryfrom 1999 to 2002, when he became Secretary of State for Work and Pensions; he resigned from this post on 6 September 2004, to spend more time with his family. He won re-election in his Oxford East seat in the 2005 General Election, but saw his majority slashed by 90%.
He is best remembered by some for his opposing of the privatisation of air traffic control in 1996 stating "Our air is not for sale" only for Labour to switch policies and thereby propose a
public-private partnershipfor the National Air Traffic Services. Others point to his stewardship of the Department of Work & Pensions and his focus on reducing child poverty when Minister there.
Smith rarely rebels against his party in Parliament, of the five occasions that he has voted against the government whip since 2001, two of the votes were Smith refusing to accept the Trident Nuclear Weapons System replacement.
Val Smithis a county councilloron Oxfordshire County Counciland city councilloron Oxford City Council. He married Valerie Miles on March 26, 1976. They have a son.
* [http://www.andrewsmithmp.org.uk Andrew Smith MP] official site
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-4827,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Andrew Smith MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/andrew_smith/oxford_east They Work For You - Andrew Smith MP]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/449.stm BBC Politics page]
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