Andrew Lansley

Andrew Lansley CBE MP was elected as Member of Parliament for South Cambridgeshire in May 1997. He lives in South Cambridgeshire with his wife Sally and their two children.



Andrew is very proud to have been appointed as Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Privy Seal from September 2012 until July 2014. Prior to this role, he served as Secretary of State for Health following the General Election in 2010.

As MP for South Cambridgeshire, Andrew is a strong supporter of local business, enterprise and innovation and a staunch advocate for the area’s world-class science and technology hub. His other key areas of interest locally include improving the A14 and transport links to the area, improving access to superfast broadband, and supporting South Cambridgeshire’s excellent schools and community groups.

Andrew comes from a public service family. His father was working in the NHS from the day it was created in 1948, and he went on to run the pathology lab at East Ham Memorial Hospital for thirty years. His eldest brother trained as a teacher and his middle brother is a policeman. In his previous role as Secretary of State for Health, Andrew frequently visited hospitals and GPs across the country, building a strong respect across the medical profession for his knowledge of the NHS.

Andrew was educated at Brentwood School, Essex and the University of Exeter, where he was President of the Guild for Students. He began his own career as a civil servant, working at the Department of Trade & Industry.

Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, history, cricket, going to the theatre, watching films and travelling. He is an active member of the Church of England.

Positions held:


MP for South Cambridgeshire, May 1997 –
Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Privy Seal, 2012 – 2014
Member, House of Commons Commission, 2012 – 2014
Member, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, 2012 – 2014
Member, Public Accounts Commission, 2012 – 2014
Secretary of State for Health, 2010 – 2012
Shadow Secretary State for Health, 2003 – 2010
Vice-President of the Local Government Association, 1996 -
Member, Trade and Industry Select Committee, 2001 – 2004
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Policy Review, 1999 – 2001
Shadow Cnacellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1999 – 2001
Vice Chairman of the Party responsible for Policy Renewal, 1998 – 1999
Member, Health Select Committee, 1997 – 1998
Director of the Conservative Research Department, 1990-1995
Deputy Director-General of the British Chambers of Commerce, 1987-1990
Principal Private Secretary to the Rt. Hon Norman Tebbit MP, 1984-1987

09 July 2005

Extract from: 'The Future of Health and Public Service Regulation' Speech

May I begin by expressing my warm thanks to the NHS Confederation for arranging this series of speeches on the future of our public services and for inviting me to contribute? At the start of a Parliament, it is very good to take an opportunity to think about the direction and the objectives of reform and of policy, somewhat free of the partisan demands of electioneering. The NHS Confederation continues to be, under Gill’s leadership, a strong advocate of reform and of high standards of leadership and management in the NHS. I have greatly valued our discussions over the last two years and even if we cross swords occasionally, I know we have shared aims in securing the opportunity for strong leadership and quality management to deliver high standards of healthcare in our NHS.

21 May 1997

Maiden Speech in the House of Commons

Thank you very much, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity to make my maiden speech. It is a daunting prospect, not least because I follow the exemplary and entertaining speeches of the hon. Members for Aberdeen, South (Miss Begg) and for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth (Ms McKenna).

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