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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.[1][2]

Andy Sawford
Member of Parliament
for Corby
In office
15 November 2012 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byLouise Mensch
Succeeded byTom Pursglove
Personal details
Born (1976-03-15) 15 March 1976 (age 43)
Desborough, Northamptonshire, England
Political partyLabour Co-operative
Alma materDurham University


Early lifeEdit

Sawford was born on 15 March 1976.[3] He was educated at a comprehensive school. He went on to study history at Durham University and graduated in 1997.[4]


Following university, Sawford worked in Parliament for the then-Corby MP Phil Hope.[4] He was a councillor and Cabinet Member on Dartford Borough Council in Kent from 1999 to 2003 representing Littlebrook Ward.[5] Sawford also worked for the Local Government Association (LGA).[6]

From 2003 to 2007 he was director of Connect Public Affairs[7] advising local authorities and organisations such as the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Association of Police Authorities (APA).[8] 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.[9]

His father, Phil Sawford, was the Labour MP for Kettering from 1997 to 2005.[10]

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.[11] Sawford also proposed a Private Member's Bill on zero hours contracts.[12]

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 [13]

After Parliament, Sawford became chief executive of Connect Communications [14] and later led a management buy out to take ownership of the business.[15] In June 2019 it was announced that Connect had acquired Stratagem, a Belfast based public affairs agency. [1]

Sawford also serves on the board of the Public Relations and Communications Association [16] and is a governor of the Kettering Buccleuch Academy [17]


  1. ^ "By-elections: Labour takes Corby from Conservatives". BBC News. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Election 2015: Corby taken from Labour by Tories". BBC News. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Local Information Unit Limited". Dellam Corporate Information. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b Cotterill, Paul (6 August 2012). "As Louise Mensch resigns – Introducing Labour's candidate for Corby". Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Results of Bye Elections Held 6 May 1999". Dartford Borough Council. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Former public affairs consultancy director takes chief post at LGiU". The Information 5 March 2008. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  7. ^ Tura, Jo (23 March 2012). "What the Budget did for LAs: Andy Sawford talks to Room151". Room 151. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Meet Andy Sawford from the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU)". 15 June 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  9. ^ "LGiU's Andy Sawford selected as Labour candidate for next election". 10 October 2011. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Like Father, Like Son: Andy Sawford big hit at Supper Club". 4 November 2011. Archived from the original on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  11. ^ Thomas, Nathalie (28 October 2014). "Labour steps up rail re-nationalisation campaign". Telegraph. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
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  13. ^ "Andy Sawford". Parliament UK. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
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