|Second Church Estates Commissioner|
|Assumed office |
10 January 2020
|Prime Minister||Boris Johnson|
|Preceded by||Dame Caroline Spelman|
|Minister of State for Prisons|
16 July 2014 – 16 July 2016
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Jeremy Wright|
|Succeeded by||Sam Gyimah|
|Member of Parliament |
for South West Bedfordshire
|Assumed office |
7 June 2001
|Preceded by||David Madel|
|Born||27 April 1962|
Marylebone, London, England
|Alma mater||London School of Economics|
|Profession||Business, Industry, Trade|
|Years of service||1981-1996|
|Unit||Honourable Artillery Company|
Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
Andrew Edmund Armstrong Selous (//; born 27 April 1962) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom who has been the Member of Parliament for South West Bedfordshire since the 2001 general election.
Selous was born in Marylebone to Gerald and Mary Selous (née Casey). He was educated at West Downs School, Eton College and the London School of Economics, receiving a BSc in Industry and Trade in 1984.
In 1981, Selous joined the Honourable Artillery Company. He served as a soldier until receiving a commission in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in October 1989. Selous was then transferred to the London Regiment in April 1993. He moved to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers in January 1996, thereby ending his active service. From 1988 until 1994, he was a director of his family firm CNS Electronics (now CNS Farnell). Then, from 1991 until 2001, he was an underwriter at Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) PLC.
Selous was first elected to the House of Commons in 2001, and had previously contested the Sunderland North seat in 1997. He is a director and prominent member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship.
In 2006, Selous was promoted to Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions.
In the Coalition government, he was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, from 28 May 2010 to 16 July 2014. On 16 July 2014, he was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for Prisons and Probation and retained this role following the 2015 general election. However he was asked to step down from the government by Theresa May after she became Prime Minister in July 2016.
He attracted criticism in 2014 for reportedly stating at a Centre for Social Justice fringe meeting that "disabled people work harder because they're grateful to have a job". Selous subsequently said that he had simply been trying to convey the message that disabled people were valued by employers, and his observation that disabled people often work harder was supported by a spokesperson for Disability Rights UK.
Selous chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Strengthening Couple Relationships, and argues that cross-party efforts to prevent family breakdown can relieve pressure on the care system. He was opposed to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, arguing that it was directly contrary to what Jesus said.
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- Selous, Andrew (11 March 2014). "Comment: Silver splitters are putting significant pressure on care system, MP warns". Retrieved 7 April 2015.
- "Voices of dissent: Gay marriage opponents attack". Independent. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
- "The Church Commissioners for England have today welcomed the Crown appointment of Mr Andrew Selous MP as Second Estates Commissioner, succeeding the Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman". The Church of England. 10 January 2020. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
- Andrew Selous MP Official site
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Andrew Selous: Electoral history and profile The Guardian
- Andrew Selous MP BBC Democracy Live, 5 June 2010
- Appearances on C-SPAN