Andrew Griffiths – Working hard for Burton and Uttoxeter
Since being elected as the Member of Parliament for Burton and Uttoxeter in May 2010, Andrew has a proven track record of standing up for local people and achieving success. Andrew consistently takes the issues that matter to local people right to the very top, lobbying the Prime Minister, Chancellor and other senior Ministers on a range of issues. Sustaining economic growth in Burton and Uttoxeter, by supporting businesses to expand, and helping people back into work are all personal priorities for Andrew.
Andrew worked tirelessly to secure major road improvements for the A50 around Uttoxeter, and after putting forward a strong a case for the investment, £40 million was granted to improve the road – investment which has already seen 2,500 additional manufacturing jobs created at JCB. As the local MP, Andrew is clear that improvements such as these are vital to make sure that Burton and Uttoxeter can continue to go from strength to strength. Since being elected in 2010, Andrew has worked hard to support job seekers to get back into work, and has organised seven jobs fairs to bring together employers offering positions with those looking for work. He also continues to campaign for better broadband in the constituency and for vital safety improvements on local roads.
Andrew supports local community groups and charities, and he has personally led campaigns to collect gifts to send to troops serving overseas at Christmas time, to restore the grave of local World War One hero and Victoria Cross winner William Coltman VC, and many more. He is a committed supporter of the Burton Addiction Centre, the YMCA and East Staffordshire Citizens Advice Bureau – to name but a few. These are just a few of the groups and organisations that do remarkable work across Burton and Uttoxeter, and Andrew makes regular visits to charities and community groups so he can see their good work in action, and also so he can support them in any way he can.
In Parliament, Andrew has a strong track record of raising important local, national and international issues, and he has served on a number of committees including the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee. Andrew was previously the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Housing and Planning Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Outside the chamber, he was previously Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group for five years, supporting an industry that is hugely important to his constituency of Burton, the home of British brewing, which still employs thousands of people locally. Amongst the other APPGs Andrew has been a member of, he was previously the Chairman of the Kashmir APPG and the Secretary of the APPG for Misuse of Drugs.
Andrew was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in January 2018. Prior to this role, Andrew was Lord Commissioner to HM Treasury (Government Whip), having been appointed when Theresa May became Prime Minister in July 2016.
Andrew has a background in business, and before he was elected an MP, he worked for his family engineering business and also for a building society in property and finance. Away from business, Andrew also worked in the European Parliament, where he was the Conservative Party’s advisor on farming. Back in the UK, he has held the important roles of Chief of Staff to Theresa May MP and Eric Pickles MP.
Originally from Dudley, Andrew lives in Burton with his wife Kate. They are expecting their first child in April. As a huge Burton Albion supporter he is a regular at the Pirelli Stadium, and given his ardent support for another Burton institution – great British beer, he also enjoys a good pint followed by the occasional curry.