Andrew’s role as a Member of Parliament is to represent all his constituents at Westminster, regardless of whether or not they voted for him. If you are a constituent, Andrew may be able to help you in a variety of ways; from making representations on your behalf, writing to relevant Government Ministers, or raising matters publicly in the House of Commons.

Members of Parliament are often able to help you with issues for which Parliament or Government are responsible. These may include:

Taxation issues;
Concerns regarding health, hospitals and the National Health Service;
Issues concerning housing, benefits, pensions or government allowances;
Immigration, passport or identity matters;
Issues relating to local schools or higher education;
Making a complaint to the Ombudsman regarding a government body.

Please note that Members of Parliament are not permitted to intervene in any matters of a legal nature (this may include policing matters and private disputes) and cannot offer legal advice.

If you feel very strongly about a certain issue, you may decide to organise a petition to the House of Commons. You can obtain advice on petitions by writing to:

Clerk of Public Petitions
Journal Office
House of Commons

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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