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Andrew Bennett (politician)

Andrew Francis Bennett (born 9 March 1939) is a British Labour Party politician, who was a member of Parliament from 1974 to 2005.

Andrew Bennett
Member of Parliament
for Denton and Reddish
Stockport North (1974-1983)
In office
1 March 1974 – 11 April 2005
Preceded byIdris Owen
Succeeded byAndrew Gwynne
Personal details
Born (1939-03-09) 9 March 1939 (age 80)
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Gillian Lawley
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham

Early lifeEdit

Bennett was born in Barton-upon-Irwell. He attended the William Hulme's Grammar School in Whalley Range. He studied at the University of Birmingham gaining a BSocSc (Bachelor of Social Science). A geography teacher from 1960–74, Bennett was elected to Oldham Borough Council in 1964, and served on it until 1974.

Parliamentary careerEdit

He contested the Knutsford parliamentary seat in 1970 and was elected to Parliament in February 1974 for the marginal constituency of Stockport North, defeating the Conservative incumbent Idris Owen by just 203 votes. Following boundary changes, he was elected MP for Denton and Reddish in 1983. From 1983 to 1988 he served on the Labour front bench as a shadow Education and Science minister. He was chairman of the House of Commons Committee on Statutory Instruments .

He rebelled against the Labour government on various issues, including the privatisation of National Air Traffic Services.

He retired at the 2005 general election, and the seat was held for Labour by Andrew Gwynne.

Personal lifeEdit

He married Gillian Lawley in 1961 in Manchester. They have two sons and a daughter.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Idris Owen
Member of Parliament for Stockport North
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Denton and Reddish
Succeeded by
Andrew Gwynne