Andrew Mitchell (Politiker)

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Andrew Mitchell (2009)

Andrew John Bower Mitchell (born 23 March 1956 in Hampstead, London Borough of Camden) is a British business executive and Conservative Party politician


Studies and professional and social activities

The son of David Bower Mitchell (1928-2014), a long-serving member of the House of Commons and “junior minister” in the government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, he served briefly in the Royal Tank Regiment of the British Army after attending the prestigious Rugby School. He went on to study history at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, where he served as chairman of the Cambridge University Conservative Association in 1977 before becoming president of the Cambridge Union Society in 1978.

In addition, he participated as a so-called “peacekeeper” in the peacekeeping operations of the United Nations during the Cyprus conflict in the 1970s. Later he was a participant in several projects and undertook trips to Africa and East Asia for this purpose.

After working for the US investment bank Lazard, he was a manager at Touche Ross & Co from 1981 to 1989 and subsequently financial controller there until 1991. This was followed by a period as audit procedures manager at Storehouse plc from 1991 to 1993 before becoming finance director of W H Everett & Son Ltd in 1993

MP and Minister

He began his political career as a Conservative Party candidate in the 1987 election, when he was first elected a member of theHouse of Commons, representing the Gedling constituency in Nottinghamshire until 1997.

During this time he was not only Parliamentary Secretary of the Conservative GovernmentWhip in the House of Commons between 1992 and 1995, but also Deputy to the Executive Chairman of the Conservative Party, Norman Fowler, from 1992 and 1993.

In 1995 he was appointed by Prime Minister John Major as Minister for Social Security in his cabinet and was a member until the Conservatives’ defeat in the May 1997 elections, in which he himself also lost his seat in the House of Commons.

He then returned to the private sector before being re-elected to the House of Commons at the subsequent election on 7 June 2001, where he has since represented the Sutton Coldfield constituency. In November 2003 he was appointed to his party’s Shadow Cabinet as ‘Shadow Minister’ for Economic Affairs, in which he was subsequently ‘Shadow Home Secretary’ from September 2004 to May 2005. As well as a subsequent stint as ‘Shadow Minister’ for Birmingham, he was also ‘Shadow Minister’ for International Development from May 2005 to May 2010.

During this time, between 2007 and 2009, he was also the organiser of Project Umubano, a social action project involving Conservative Party volunteers in a variety of development projects in Rwanda. A short film was made about this project with him and 104 other project workers.

After the Conservative election victory in 2010, he took over the Department for International Development on 12 May 2010,[1] which he was forced to relinquish in 2012.

From September 2012 he served as ParliamentaryChief Whip, and in that capacity was a member of the Cameron I Cabinet. He resigned from that position on 19 October 2012, following weeks of calls for his resignation. Andrew Mitchell had come under criticism when newspapers reported that he had insulted police officers who were on duty in Downing Street.[2] In retrospect, the allegation turned out to be so not correct and the policemen repeatedly came under criticism.[3]

Web links

Commons: Andrew Mitchell– Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual references

  1. Department for International Development press release.(Memento of 22 October 2010 in the Internet Archive) Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  2. Andrew Mitchell resigns over police comments row on BBC News. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  3. Scandal: British police officers arrested for pornography. Retrieved 9 February 2014.