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Andrew Griffith

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Arundel & South Downs

Andrew is working hard for every vote at this election following the decision in November 2019 by the previous Conservative MP, Nick Herbert, not to stand in the seat that he has represented since 2005. He says:

“Living in the constituency with my family, I pledge to be a strong local voice for residents. More than ever before, Westminster needs people with achievements outside of politics and, with my background in business, I hope to bring some common sense and the ability to get things done.

“Locally, I will fight to protect our countryside from unsustainable overdevelopment, for better bus and train services, the A27 Arundel Bypass, for more police in our towns and villages and for our high street, small businesses and Sussex farmers.”

 

Andrew’s priorities

⊲ To be an energetic, open and diligent Member of Parliament working for all local residents

⊲ Back the Prime Minister to get Brexit done.

⊲ Work for a cleaner, greener environment and support action on the climate emergency.

⊲ A greater police presence in our small market towns and villages reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

⊲ Protect our countryside against unsustainable and anti-democratic large scale developments.

⊲ Reduce taxes on individuals and businesses to boost the economy, support small business and create jobs.

⊲ Better quality local transport including investment in our bus and train services and improvements to the A27.

⊲ Support local businesses, our High Streets, village stores, rural enterprises and Sussex farmers.

⊲ High quality health care, schools and social services.

⊲ Back our brave servicemen and women and veterans with proper funding for our military and world class support for those who have left the services.

 

Personal information

Andrew has lived in the constituency for the last ten years with his wife Barbara, their two teenage children and two dogs – a labrador and a cocker spaniel.

He was born and grew up on the Kent/London borders, attended his local comprehensive school and was the first in his family to attend University – going to Nottingham University where he gained a degree in Law. He trained with the firm which is now known as PWC and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1995.

 

Andrew’s experience

Andrew is not a career politician having spent 27 years working entirely in business before being appointed as the Prime Minister’s Chief Business Adviser in July 2019 where he has been responsible for working to make Britain the best place to start, grow and run a business.

 

He joined Sky in 1999 and as Finance Director and then Chief Operating Officer, he helped the company grow over the last 20 years to become one of Britain’s largest companies; serving 11 million UK households, employing over 30,000 people and paying over £1 billion a year in taxes.  He previously worked at PWC and Rothschild. Between April 2014 and July 2019 Andrew also served as Senior Independent Non Executive Director of Just Eat plc, one of the UK’s largest and most successful consumer technology companies.

In 2018 Andrew was named The Sunday Times Non Executive Director of the Year for his leadership as Senior Non Executive and Interim Chairman of Just Eat plc in steering the company through a difficult period including the un-timely passing of the previous Chairman and the UK Competition Authority review of the acquisition of Hungry House.

 

Throughout his tenure at Sky, the company was a leader in taking action on the environment becoming one of the first companies to be Carbon Neutral thirteen years ago in 2006, partnering with WWF to save one billion trees in the Brazilian rainforest and founding Sky Ocean Rescue to make people aware of plastic pollution and give everyone easy ways to take action.

 

He has unique, practical experience of the media industry having been at the epicentre of the fast changing landscape for twenty years, is a member of the Royal Television Society and was Co-Chair of its’ 2017 Cambridge Convention. You can read a ‘Television’ magazine profile of Andrew here.

 

Andrew’s political experience

 

In the summer of 2016, Andrew and Baroness Dido Harding led the national, ‘Fix Britain’s Internet’ to campaign for faster, more reliable broadband. The successful, data-led campaign resulted in over 100,000 emails to OFCOM, one of their highest responses ever and which led to a legal separation of the entities controlling broadband infrastructure paving the way for better services and ultimately the focus on broadband in all party manifestos at the 2019 General Election.

 

Until appointed an adviser to Boris Johnson’s government in 10 Downing Street, Andrew was Chairman of the Advisory Board at the Centre for Policy Studies (‘CPS’), Britain’s leading centre-right think tank whose mission is to develop a new generation of conservative thinking, built around promoting enterprise, ownership and prosperity.

 

Andrew’s policy interests

 

As befits his extensive experience in business and the size and diversity of the Arundel & South Downs constituency, Andrew has a broad range of policy interests including, but not limited to (in alphabetical order) the below:

 

  • Ageing and the care and respect for the elderly
  • Automotive industry and electric vehicles/green mobility
  • Aviation and aerospace (commercial and general)
  • Broadband and telecommunications
  • Broadcasting and media
  • Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy
  • Countryside and rural affairs
  • Dark Skies campaign (against light pollution)
  • Farming
  • Government (the modern and effective operation of government)
  • Internet and e-commerce
  • Rural economy
  • Rural transport
  • Science and technology