Andrew Sawford (born 15 March 1976) is a British Labour and Co-operative Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Corby from a 2012 by-election until the 2015 general election.
|Member of Parliament |
15 November 2012 – 30 March 2015
|Preceded by||Louise Mensch|
|Succeeded by||Tom Pursglove|
|Born||15 March 1976|
Desborough, Northamptonshire, England
|Political party||Labour Co-operative|
|Alma mater||Durham University|
Following university, Sawford worked in Parliament for the then-Corby MP Phil Hope. He was a councillor and Cabinet Member on Dartford Borough Council in Kent from 1999 to 2003 representing Littlebrook Ward. Sawford also worked for the Local Government Association (LGA).
From 2003 to 2007 he was director of Connect Public Affairs advising local authorities and organisations such as the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Association of Police Authorities (APA). He was from 2008 to 2012 chief executive of the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), a London-based thinktank and registered charity, prior to being selected by the Labour Party as their candidate for Corby.
In Parliament, Sawford proposed a bill under the Ten Minute Rule that would allow the public sector to bid against private sector providers for control over rail franchises. Sawford also proposed a Private Member's Bill on zero hours contracts.
He was the Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government from 2013 until the 2015 general election, and sat on the Communities and Local Government committee 
After Parliament, Sawford became chief executive of Connect Communications  and later led a management buy out to take ownership of the business. In June 2019 it was announced that Connect had acquired Stratagem, a Belfast based public affairs agency. 
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- Andy Sawford: Labour and Co-operative MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
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