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Andrew Hartley Dismore (born 2 September 1954) is a British Labour politician who has been the Member of the London Assembly for Barnet and Camden since 2012, and was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hendon from 1997 until 2010.

Andrew Dismore

Member of the London Assembly
for Barnet and Camden
Assumed office
4 May 2012
Preceded byBrian Coleman
Majority16,240 (8.8%)
Member of Parliament
for Hendon
In office
2 May 1997 – 12 April 2010
Preceded byConstituency Created
Succeeded byMatthew Offord
Personal details
Born (1954-09-02) 2 September 1954 (age 65)
Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour
Alma materLondon School of Economics

Early lifeEdit

Dismore was born in Bridlington, Yorkshire, the son of a hotelier. He was educated at Bridlington Grammar School before attending the University of Warwick, where he received a LLB in 1975, and the London School of Economics, where he was awarded his LLM in 1976. He graduated from The College of Law in 1978.

Professional lifeEdit

Dismore joined the Labour Party in 1974. After a brief time during his studies when he worked as an education officer with the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trade Union, he began his professional career as a partner with Robin Thompson and Partners Solicitors in 1978. He became a partner in the firm Russell Jones & Walker Solicitors in 1995.

He was elected as a councillor on Westminster City Council in 1982, becoming the Labour group leader in 1990. During his time there, he led the criticism of Shirley Porter and the homes for votes scandal.

Member of ParliamentEdit

He was elected to the House of Commons at the 1997 general election for the new seat of Hendon, defeating John Gorst, the sitting Conservative MP for the former constituency of Hendon North, by 6,155 votes. He made his maiden speech on 6 June 1997, in which he criticised the government of John Major for closing the Edgware General Hospital A & E department.[1] He became a member of the Social Security select committee in 1998, and after the 2001 general election its replacement, the Work and Pensions Select Committee, on which he remained until 2005. He was a member of the Standards and Privileges Select Committee from 2001 until 2010 and the Human Rights and Liaison committees since 2005 to 2010 (chairing the Joint Committee on Human Rights).

Dismore asked Tony Blair a parliamentary question about Holocaust memorial and education, and received a written answer on 10 June 1999. This led to the establishment of Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK.[2] He set the 21st century record for a filibuster in the House of Commons[3] by talking for 197 minutes during the debate of the Criminal Law (Amendment) (Protection of Property) Bill.[4]

In the 2010 general election Andrew Dismore lost his seat by 106 (0.2%) votes to Conservative candidate and former Hendon ward councillor Matthew Offord. In his losing speech Dismore complained that Offord had used his record of expenses against him.[5]

He was a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tribal Peoples.[6]

In 2015, Andrew Dismore stood once again as the Labour Party candidate for Hendon in the General Election but failed to regain his seat, instead losing by a bigger majority as the Conservatives improved their position overall.

In 2009, the Daily Telegraph reported that he had claimed expenses equivalent to 487 journeys between Parliament and his constituency home, although the Commons only sat for 145 days.[7]

It was revealed by the BBC in March 2010, that Mr Dismore had annual trips to Cyprus, funded by the Cypriot Parliament. Mr Dismore failed to declare this interest on a number of Parliamentary Questions and Early Day Motions, despite providing this information on the register of members’ interests.[8]

London AssemblyEdit

Following his defeat as MP for Hendon, Andrew Dismore was selected as the Labour Party candidate for the Barnet and Camden constituency in the 2012 London Assembly election, defeating Conservative incumbent Brian Coleman. He was re-elected in 2016 with a reduced majority.[9] Dismore currently serves as Chair of the London Assembly's Fire, Resilience and Emergency Planning Committee.[10] During his time on the Assembly, he has campaigned on issues including tube noise[11] and the impact of Brexit on London.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Andrew Dismore MP's maiden speech, Hansard.
  2. ^ Origins of Holocaust Memorial Day, SomethingJewish.
  3. ^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons, Westminster (2 December 2005). "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 2 Dec 2005 (pt 7)". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  4. ^ "UK | UK Politics | MP's marathon speech sinks bill". BBC News. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Ousted Labour MP Andrew Dismore makes vitriolic speech (From Times Series)". Times-series.co.uk. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  6. ^ All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tribal Peoples – Profile, parliament.uk
  7. ^ "MPs' expenses: Andrew Dismore claimed for equivalent of three car journeys to Commons a day". London: Telegraph. 24 November 2009. Archived from the original on 27 November 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  8. ^ "Andrew Dismore MP: Foreign trips and rule breaches". BBC. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  9. ^ "GLA 2016 Elections - Barnet & Camden results | London Elects" (PDF). londonelects.org.uk. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  10. ^ "London Assembly – Membership of Committees/Bodies and Terms of Reference 2019/20 | London Assembly" (PDF). london.gov.uk. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Late-night train noise complaints soar, with Londoners blaming Night Tube | Evening Standard". standard.co.uk. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Brexit: '1,000 London police officers could quit Britain without guarantees' | Evening Standard". standard.co.uk. Retrieved 14 August 2019.

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