Andrea Leadsom

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BornAndrea Jacqueline Salmon
13 May 1963
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
Alma materUniversity of Warwick
SpouseBen Leadsom
British Conservative Party politician

Employment.png Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy link=, _Energy_and_Industrial_Strategy

In office
24 July 2019 - 13 February 2020
Preceded byGreg Clark
Succeeded byAlok Sharma

Employment.png Leader of the House of Commons Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
11 June 2017 - 22 May 2019
Preceded byDavid Lidington

Employment.png Lord President of the Council

In office
11 June 2017 - 22 May 2019
Preceded byDavid Lidington

Employment.png Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs link=, _Food_and_Rural_Affairs

In office
14 July 2016 - 11 June 2017
Preceded byLiz Truss
Succeeded byMichael Gove

Employment.png Minister of State for Energy

In office
11 May 2015 - 14 July 2016
Preceded byMatt Hancock

Employment.png Economic Secretary to the Treasury Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
9 April 2014 - 11 May 2015
Preceded byNicky Morgan
Succeeded byHarriett Baldwin

Employment.png City Minister Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
9 April 2014 - 11 May 2015
Preceded bySajid Javid
Succeeded byHarriett Baldwin

Andrea Leadsom [1] is a British Conservative Party politician serving as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy since 24 July 2019, and has been Member of Parliament (MP) for South Northamptonshire constituency since the 2010 UK General Election. Andrea Leadsom was made Leader of the House of Commons from 2017 to 2019.[2] She has twice unsuccessfully run to become Leader of the Conservative Party, in 2016 and 2019.

After graduating with a degree in political science at the University of Warwick, she began a career in Finance including working as Institutional Banking Director at Barclays,[3] and later as Senior Investment Officer and Head of Corporate Governance at Invesco Perpetual.[4] Leadsom was a prominent member of the Leave campaign during the 2016 EU Referendum, and gained standing in referendum TV debates.[5] On David Cameron's resignation, Leadsom became one of five candidates in the 2016 Conservative Party leadership election, and thereby for the role of Prime Minister. In the second round of voting by MPs, she came second to Theresa May.[6] May appointed Leadsom as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Andrea Leadsom served in the May Government as Environment Secretary from 2016 to 2017. She had previously served in the Cameron–Clegg coalition as Minister of State for Energy at the Department of Energy and Climate Change from 2015 to 2016, and Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister from 2014 to 2015.[7] Following the snap election of 2017, Leadsom was appointed Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons. On 22 May 2019, she resigned in protest at May's Brexit strategy. Two days later, May announced her resignation as party leader, taking effect on 7 June 2019.[8]

Andrea Leadsom stood to be Leader of the Conservative Party in June 2019 but was eliminated in the first round of voting, finishing 8th out of 10 candidates with 11 votes.[9]

She was a minister under Boris Johnson, but was sacked in 2020. She is now a backbencher.

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