Andrew lives in Colne, in the heart of Pendle and is currently a self-employed insurance consultant running a small business in Greater Manchester. The pressures of working six days a week and running a business in the current economic climate ensures Andrew is well aware of the pressures small businessmen across Pendle face.
Andrew is involved in numerous community groups across Pendle and serves as a school governor at an infant school in Nelson. In his spare time he enjoys walking and in 2008 he took part in a trek along the Great Wall of China personally raising over £5,000 for charity.
Andrew campaigned vigorously against the controversial shake-up of hospital services which saw the removal of blue-light emergency services from Burnley General Hospital on 1st November 2007. He has also spoken out against the loss of hospital beds in East Lancashire, the lack of NHS dentists and local health service cutbacks during the past three years.
In 2006/2007 Andrew spoke out against the proposed cuts to the local fire service, which saw the loss of a fire engine in Colne and one in Barnoldswick. He also conducted a major survey of residents views on crime and anti-social behavior across Pendle during which over 35,000 "We Do Not Buy or Sell at this Door" cards were provided free to local residents.
Working alongside Pendle's Conservative Councillors in 2007, Andrew campaigned against the local Lib Dems proposals to merge Pendle and Burnley Councils. Following his campaign this costly proposal, which would have seen decision making become even more remote from local residents, was rejected by the Government. He has also slammed Pendle Lib Dems above inflation council tax increases - 4.95% in 2007 and 4.95% in 2008 - which have hit pensioners and those on fixed incomes the hardest.
During 2008, Andrew led the fight against Labour's plans to close a further six of Pendle's sub-Post Offices as part of their latest cost-cutting exercise in the organisation. He launched a petition which collected over 4,000 signatures against the cuts and lobbied East Lancashire's Labour MP's to suspend the closure programme. Sadly the cuts still went ahead, bringing the number of Pendle's Post Offices closed since Labour came to power in 1997 to 16 branches.
Andrew has also highlighted the appalling state of many local roads and footpaths, and pushed for extra investment from Lancashire County Council. In June 2009, the Conservatives took control of Lancashire County Council for the first time in 28 years and since then Andrew has been working closely with Pendle's County Councillors to ensure the area gets a fair deal.
Andrew believes the most important role of an MP is to represent their constituents and to work hard to resolve local problems. That's why Andrew is working with residents at a very local level to help fight for the local community on the issues that matter most to them. He also keeps residents up to date with a regular "Pendle Matters" newsletters focusing on local issues.