13 Facts About Andrew Selous


Andrew Edmund Armstrong Selous 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.

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Andrew Selous previously served as Minister of State for Prisons from 2014 to 2016 in the government of David Cameron and since 2020 has served as Second Church Estates Commissioner.

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Andrew Selous was educated at West Downs School, Eton College and the London School of Economics, receiving a BSc in Industry and Trade in 1984.

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Andrew Selous served as a soldier until receiving a commission in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in October 1989.

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Andrew Selous was then transferred to the London Regiment in April 1993.

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Andrew Selous moved to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers in January 1996, thereby ending his active service.

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Andrew Selous was first elected to the House of Commons in 2001, and had previously contested the Sunderland North seat in 1997.

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Andrew Selous is a director and prominent member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship.

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In 2006, Andrew Selous was promoted to Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions.

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Andrew Selous 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".

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Andrew 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.

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Andrew Selous was opposed to the Marriage Act 2013, arguing that it was directly contrary to what Jesus said.

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Andrew Selous was appointed Second Church Estates Commissioner, responsible for representing the Church Commissioners in Parliament and in the General Synod of the Church of England, on 10 January 2020.

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