Created: 21 March 2013
Andrew believes in working cross-party in Parliament which is why, prior to his recent appointment as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, he was an active member of a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs).
These APPGs bring MPs of all political parties together to work on issues of mutual interest. Andrew was a member of a wide range of APPGs, including on Financial Education, Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, Global Education, the Commonwealth and even the All Party Cheese Group!
Andrew was particularly active in two of these groups:
APPG Financial Education for Young People
As a school teacher, Andrew chaired an inquiry into Financial Education and the Curriculum which was made up of Conservative and Labour MPs. Over a course of a number of months the group heard evidence from charities, teaching unions, schools, the financial services sector and young people themselves. These evidence sessions focussed on how financial education could work with the curriculum to support teaching and learning goals.
The inquiry released a report recommending that financial education should be delivered cross-curricular via Maths and PSHE. In particular, the group emphasised how financial education could help enhance the Maths curriculum in line with the Government’s agenda of raising standards.
The report was endorsed by Carol Vorderman and Martin Lewis and led to a parliamentary debate and formal presentation to the Prime Minister. Fortunately, after some consideration the Government announced in early 2013 that it will indeed be making Financial Education a statutory part of the curriculum. A victory for cross-party working.
APPG for Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire
Working with the representative body, Local Government Yorkshire and the Humber, Andrew committed to establishing an APPG for Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire with the hope of pulling together MPs from across the region in support of shared goals.
The group has received strong buy in from Local Enterprise Partnerships, Councils, Universities and business and has held sessions on a number of issues of importance to our area. These include Transport Infrastructure, Advanced Manufacturing and Education and Skills.
Ironically, Andrew now attends this APPG to discuss his ministerial responsibilities; answering questions on a whole range of local issues.