Rt Hon Lord Andrew Lansley
Andrew served as Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire from 1997-2015. As MP, he was a strong supporter of local business, enterprise and innovation and was a staunch champion for the ‘Cambridge Cluster’; the leading science and technology hub in Europe. He was instrumental in delivering key developments for the region, including the Cambridge City Deal, significant infrastructure improvements, delivery of the new Papworth Hospital, and major government funding for South Cambridgeshire’s life sciences economy. In Parliament he served on several select committees including Trade and Industry, Health, the Puttnam Commission (scrutinising the draft Communications Bill) and various standing committees including the Water Bill, the Competition Bill and the Enterprise Bill. For 13 out of his 18 years in Parliament, he was a member of the Cabinet or Shadow Cabinet (he was first appointed to the Shadow Cabinet in 1999 as Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office).
As Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal (a post he held from 2012-2014), he led the implementation of the Government’s legislative programme (including as Minister responsible for the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014) and managed the day-to-day business of the House.
He served as Secretary of State for Health between 2010-12, having previously held the health portfolio in the Shadow Cabinet for seven years prior to the 2010 general election. As Health Secretary, where he was responsible for £105bn budget and 1.3m staff nationally, he delivered comprehensive reforms of the healthcare service, securing the passage of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, establishing NHS England, Public Health England, HealthWatch and Health and Wellbeing Boards in local government – thereby creating an independent voice for the NHS and a public health remit for local government – initiated operational reforms in the NHS, including the Cancer Drugs Fund, and oversaw a one-third reduction in administration costs, the lowest-ever NHS waiting times, and a 50% reduction in hospital-acquired infections. He also commissioned the Dilnot review and the policy leading to the Care Act 2014, revising care legislation and establishing carer’s rights.
As Shadow Health Secretary, he led a major national health policy review, which, amongst other significant changes, led to the establishment of the Public Health Commission (chaired by Dave Lewis) and the Responsibility Deal, engaging industry in the delivery of public health gains.
A former Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party, prior to being elected to Parliament he was appointed by Margaret Thatcher to serve as Director of the Conservative Party Research Department (1990-95) where he ran the Conservative campaign for the 1992 General Election. Between 1987-90 he was Deputy Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, during which he initiated the Quarterly Economic Survey and the ‘Active Exporting’ scheme. This followed a career in the civil service from 1979-87 during which time he served as Principal Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Norman Tebbit MP as a Cabinet Minister. Born in 1956, Andrew was educated at Brentwood School, Essex, and the University of Exeter, where he was President of the Guild of Students. He lives in South Cambridgeshire with his wife, Sally, and their two children, Martha and Charles. Andrew also has three older daughters; Katherine, Sarah and Eleanor.