Andy Slaughter

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Andy Slaughter
Official portrait, 2019
Shadow Solicitor General for England and Wales
Assumed office
4 December 2021
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byEllie Reeves
Shadow Minister for Legal Aid
In office
29 October 2021 – 4 December 2021
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byKarl Turner
Succeeded byAfzal Khan
Shadow Minister of State for Housing
In office
21 October 2016 – 29 June 2017
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byJohn Healey
Succeeded byTony Lloyd
Shadow Minister for Justice
In office
11 October 2010 – 27 June 2016
LeaderEd Miliband
Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded byMaria Eagle
Helen Jones
The Lord Bach
Succeeded byYasmin Qureshi
Member of Parliament
for Hammersmith
Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush (2005–2010)
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded byClive Soley
Majority17,847 (34.3%)
Personal details
Born (1960-09-29) 29 September 1960 (age 62)
Hammersmith, London, England
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Exeter
WebsiteOfficial website

Andrew Francis Slaughter (born 29 September 1960) is a British Labour Party politician serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Hammersmith, previously Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush, since 2005. He had previously served as Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He stood at the Uxbridge by-election in July 1997, following the unexpected death seven days after the 1997 general election of incumbent Sir Michael Shersby. The seat, which had a small Conservative majority, was held for the Conservatives by John Randall.

At the 2005 general election, Slaughter was elected as the member of parliament for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush in London, retaining the seat for Labour following the retirement of his predecessor, Clive Soley.

Andy Slaughter is currently a member of the Justice Select Committee. He was a member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee in 2009–10 and in 2010 of the London Regional Select Committee and Joint Committee on Human Rights. Previously he was member of the Regulatory Reform Select Committee (2005–07) and Children, Schools and Families Select Committee (2007–09).

Slaughter's interests include the Middle East and particularly Palestine. He is Secretary of the Britain-Palestine All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and Vice-Chair of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East. His interests are reflected in the other APPGs of which he is a member, including Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf, Fire Safety and Rescue, Gypsies, Travellers and Roma, Heathrow, and Legal Aid.

He has spoken in the House of Commons on fire safety, housing, legal aid, local government, education and climate change issues.[1]

Slaughter has campaigned against Heathrow expansion. He also played a part in successful local campaigns against the planned demolition of social housing by the Conservative Council in his constituency and the planned demolition of Charing Cross Hospital.

The Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush constituency underwent a boundary change for the 2010 general election, and on 30 November 2006, the new Hammersmith Constituency Labour Party selected Slaughter as the Labour candidate for the new Hammersmith seat which he won in the 2010 general election with an increased majority.

In government[edit]

He was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Stephen Ladyman MP, Minister of State for the Department for Transport and served from November 2005 to June 2007. In June 2007, he was appointed PPS to Lord Malloch-Brown, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and also served as PPS to Lord Digby Jones, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and between July 2007 and October 2008.

On 27 January 2009, he resigned his PPS role as he opposed the Government's plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.[2]

In opposition[edit]

In October 2010, Slaughter was invited to join the Labour frontbench as Shadow Justice Minister[3] with responsibility for courts and tribunals, criminal law, freedom of information, the legal profession, civil justice reform and Legal Aid.[citation needed] Slaughter served as the lead shadow minister opposing the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 and the Justice and Security Act 2012. He resigned in June 2016, citing concerns over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.[4] He supported Owen Smith in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[5] He was appointed as Shadow Minister for Housing in October 2016,[6] however he was sacked from the frontbench in June 2017 after he voted in favour of an amendment to the Queen's Speech which called on the UK to remain in the European Single Market, in defiance of the Labour whip.[7]

In the November 2021 British shadow cabinet reshuffle, he became the new Shadow Solicitor General.


  1. ^ "Andy Slaughter". Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  2. ^ Slaughter, Andy (27 January 2009). "Andy Slaughter resigns from the Government over Heathrow expansion". Andy Slaughter. Retrieved 27 January 2009.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Andy Slaughter MP". UK Parliament.
  4. ^ Slaughter, Andy (28 June 2016). "With much regret I have resigned from the Labour Frontbench after six years as a Shadow".
  5. ^ Smith, Mikey; Bloom, Dan (20 July 2016). "Which MPs are nominating Owen Smith in the Labour leadership contest?". Mirror. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Andy Slaughter MP". UK Parliament.
  7. ^ Asthana, Anushka (29 June 2017). "Jeremy Corbyn sacks three frontbenchers after single market vote". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 June 2017.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Ealing, Acton & Shepherd's Bush
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Hammersmith