Andrew has a proven track record of standing up for the people of Burton and Uttoxeter, and success in local campaigns.
Andrew Griffiths was elected as the Member of Parliament for Burton and Uttoxeter in May 2010. Since being elected, he has thrown himself in to representing local people and has achieved successes in a number of campaigns, incuding keeping Elizabeth Court open, securing St.George's Park for Burton and bringing faster broadband to the town.
He was also a leading figure in the campaign to keep the Margaret Stanhope Centre open, and spoke strongly on this issue both to the Minister in Parliament and the local Primary Care Trust. Andrew continues to campaign on issues important to local people, including the safety of the A38 and against the proposed wind turbine in Uttoxeter.
Andrew works hard to promote Burton and Uttoxeter as a great place to live and do business. There are many innovative and ground-breaking firms in the constituency, and Andrew meets with them regularly to hear about their successes and concerns.
Andrew also works closely with a number of community groups and charities in the constituency, including Burton Addiction Centre, Rakemark Respite and East Staffordshire Community & Voluntary Services. These community groups are an important part of life in the constituency and fantastic examples of the Big Society. Andrew frequently visits many of these groups and supports their work in the local community.
One of Andrew's main interests it to support the British brewing industry, which is so important to Burton's economy. As Chairman of Parliament's All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, Andrew is in an influential position and is well-placed to speak out for the industry.
In Parliament, Andrew is a member of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee which scrutinises Government proposals on this area of policy. As well as being Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, Andrew also serves as the Secretary of the APPG for the Misuse of Drugs, and is the Vice Chairman of the APPGs for Kashmir and Pakistan. Andrew is also a member of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, a TA for MPs which allows him to spend 22 days a year with the Armed Forces to learn more about their role and the challenges they face.
Before becoming an MP, Andrew worked for his family engineering business, and for a building society. He also worked in the European Parliament, where he was the Conservative Party's advisor on farming. Andrew has also worked as the Chief of Staff to Theresa May MP and Eric Pickles MP.
Andrew is 42, and lives in the Burton constituency. Outside politics, Andrew's interests are sport (including watching Burton Albion play) and enjoying a great British pint!