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Andrew David Lansley, CBE, (born 11 December 1956) is a politician in the United Kingdommarker. He is Conservative Member of Parliament for South Cambridgeshiremarker. He was first elected in the 1997 general election.


Born in Hornchurchmarker, Essex, Lansley was educated at Brentwood School and the University of Exetermarker, gaining a BA in Politics. His father, Thomas, was a pathologist, co-founder of the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine and chair the Institute of Medical Laboratory Scientists. Before politics Lansley was a civil servant. He worked for Norman Tebbit in 1984 as his private secretary at the Department of Trade and Industry. This encompassed the period of the IRA's Brighton hotel bombingmarker at the Conservative Party Conference in which Tebbit was seriously injured. Lansley and others are praised by Tebbit for their support at that time.

Lansley went on to became more fully involved in politics. In 1990 was appointed to run the Conservative Research Department. He ran the Conservative campaign for the 1992 General Election, which he describes as one of "his proudest career achievements" and for which he was awarded a CBE. He suffered a minor stroke in 1992, but made a full recovery save from permanently losing his sense of "fine balance" and now cannot ski.

Lansley's wealth is estimated at £700,000.

Member of Parliament

He then sought to enter parliament himself and was selected for the South Cambridgeshire seat where he was subsequently elected as an MP in 1997.

At the 2001 election he again took on a strategy role as a Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party. As part of his duties Shadow Ministers had to clear the timing of their announcements with Lansley. He would fit to them into a timetable that became known as the 'Stalingrid'. The 2001 election was not a success for the Conservative Party and the then-leader, William Hague, resigned in its wake. Iain Duncan Smith, the new leader, offered Lansley a position after the election but was turned down and, until Michael Howard became leader, Lansley was a backbencher.

Shadow Cabinet

However with Howard's election he soon returned to the Conservative frontbench. He currently serves as the Shadow Secretary of State for Health. In his post he has developed policies centred on using choice to improve the National Health Service. He is the author of a chapter in The Future of the NHS (2006) (ISBN 1-85811-369-5).

Obesity Controversy

Andrew Lansley has also gone on record as saying "people who see more fat people around them may themselves be more likely to gain weight. Young people who think many of their friends binge-drink are likely to do so themselves."

Recession Controversy

Andrew Lansley wrote a blog entry on the Conservative Party website on 25 November 2008, which claimed the "good things" from a recession included people being able to spend more time with their families. . He was later forced to apologise.

Expenses Controversy

In the 2009 Disclosure of expenses of British Members of Parliament, Lansley was accusedof 'flipping', or redesignating, his second home, after claiming for renovation of a rural cottage prior to selling it. It is claimed that he then 'flipped' his second home designation to a London flat, and claimed thousands of pounds for furniture. Lansley responded to the claims by stating that his claims were "within the rules".

See also


  1. "About Andrew" on Retrieved 2009-08-07
  2. Samira Shackle, Stephanie Hegarty and George Eaton The new ruling class New Statesman 01 October 2009
  3. No excuses for being fat, say Tories, PA News, 27 Aug 2008

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