Andy Slaughter had previously served as Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council.
14 Facts About Andy Slaughter
Andy Slaughter stood at the Uxbridge by-election in July 1997, following the unexpected death seven days after the 1997 general election of incumbent Sir Michael Shersby.
At the 2005 general election, Andy Slaughter was elected as the member of parliament for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush in London, retaining the seat for Labour following the retirement of his predecessor, Clive Soley.
Andy Slaughter is currently a member of the Justice Select Committee.
Andy Slaughter is Secretary of the Britain-Palestine All-Party Parliamentary Group and Vice-Chair of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East.
Andy Slaughter's interests are reflected in the other APPGs of which he is a member, including Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf, Fire Safety and Rescue, Gypsies, Travellers and Roma, Heathrow, and Legal Aid.
Andy Slaughter has spoken in the House of Commons on fire safety, housing, legal aid, local government, education and climate change issues.
Andy Slaughter played a part in successful local campaigns against the planned demolition of social housing by the Conservative Council in his constituency and the planned demolition of Charing Cross Hospital.
Andy Slaughter was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Stephen Ladyman MP, Minister of State for the Department for Transport and served from November 2005 to June 2007.
In October 2010, Andy Slaughter was invited to join the Labour frontbench as Shadow Justice Minister with responsibility for courts and tribunals, criminal law, freedom of information, the legal profession, civil justice reform and Legal Aid.
Andy Slaughter served as the lead shadow minister opposing the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 and the Justice and Security Act 2012.
Andy Slaughter resigned in June 2016, citing concerns over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.
Andy Slaughter supported Owen Smith in the 2016 Labour Party leadership election.
Andy Slaughter was appointed as Shadow Minister for Housing in October 2016, however he was sacked from the frontbench in June 2017 after he voted in favour of an amendment to the Queen's Speech which called on the UK to remain in the European Single Market, in defiance of the Labour whip.