Andrea Leadsom Biography
According to Wikipedia Andrea Jacqueline Leadsom born 13 May 1963, is a British Conservative Party politician who served as Leader of the House of Commons from 2017 to 2019 and has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for South Northamptonshire since 2010.
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Andrea Jacqueline Salmon
13 May 1963
Ben Leadsom (m. 1993)
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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, and later as Senior Investment Officer and Head of Corporate Governance at Invesco Perpetual Leadsom was a prominent member of the Leave campaign during the 2016 EU referendum, and gained standing in referendum TV debates. On David Cameron’s resignation, Leadsom became one of five candidates in the election for the leadership of the governing Conservative Party, and thereby for the role of Prime Minister. In the second round of voting by MPs, she came second to Theresa May; the two women would have proceeded to a ballot of party members, but Leadsom withdrew from the contest before this could happen, stating that she did not have enough support to win, and endorsed May, who became party leader and Prime Minister. May appointed Leadsom as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in her first Cabinet.
Leadsom served in the May Government as Environment Secretary from 2016 to 2017. She previously served in the Cameron Government 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. Following the snap election of 2017, Leadsom was appointed Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons but resigned on 22 May 2019 in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit strategy.
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Early life and career
Leadsom was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, the daughter of Richard and Judy Salmon (née Kitchin). She attended Tonbridge Girls’ Grammar School, then read Political Science at the University of Warwick.
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After graduation, Leadsom began a career in the financial sector as a debt trader for Barclays de Zoete Wedd, then the investment bank division of Barclays Bank. For Barclays itself, she served as Deputy Director in the Financial Institutions team from 1993; this involved the maintenance of contractual relationships with other banks. In this role, she said she was given a “ringside seat” in the collapse of Barings Bank. Leadsom clashed with the head of Barclays Investments who tried to persuade her to return to full-time work soon after a pregnancy, and she left the company in 1997. Later she would claim to have been a Director at Barclays, though in July 2016 she submitted a revised CV which showed that she had only served as Deputy Director.
From 1997 to 1999, Leadsom served as director of her brother-in-law’s hedge fund, De Putron Fund Management (DPFM). Peter de Putron is her sister’s husband. According to records at Companies House, Leadsom was promoted to board director for Marketing in 1998 under her maiden name.
Leadsom was Head of Corporate Governance and a Senior Investment Officer at Invesco Perpetual from 1999 to 2009. Her role was to work (sometimes part-time) on “special projects”, mostly for the Chief Investment Officer, which included negotiating pay terms for senior fund managers. Towards the end of her time, she advised on a number of governance issues, but she had no-one reporting to her in either role. A former colleague, knew Leadsom when she was working in corporate governance. Approval for individuals to manage funds or deal with clients is needed from the financial services regulator (then the Financial Services Authority), which Leadsom held from December 2002 to February 2003.
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Leadsom herself has never made claims to have personally managed finance, and Bob Yerbury, former Chief Investment Officer at Invesco Perpetual and Leadsom’s former manager, dismissed the controversy about how she described her time there and described her as “totally honest”.
On 31 January 2019, Leadsom said the House of Commons’ February half-term recess (due to take place from February 15 to February 24) would be cancelled to free up time to pass the necessary Brexit-related legislation. Earlier in the day, her cabinet colleague Jeremy Hunt raised the possibility of Brexit being delayed with a technical extension to Article 50.
The Times newspaper reported that senior Government ministers fear that it is already too late to meet the Brexit deadline of 29 March, and that Conservative MPs have been told that a one-line whip is expected to be imposed on votes in the Commons during the week of February 18-22.
Leadsom resigned as Leader of the House of Commons on 22nd May, the eve of the European elections, as a result of Theresa May’s most recent Brexit proposals, including the offer of votes in the House of Commons on a customs union and a second referendum.
Leadsom was involved with NORPIP, the Northamptonshire Parent Infant Partnership, a charity providing therapeutic support to help parents bond with their babies who have insecure attachment, and with PIPUK, the national body for Parent Infant Partnerships which set up branches in four further counties since its inception. The NORPIP branch was originally set up with majority funding from the Jersey-based Ana Leaf Foundation, of which Leadsom’s sister Hayley, wife of Peter de Putron, is a trustee. NORPIP’s original clinical director later described how she had resigned after six months, due to concerns that the charity was promoting messages that did not fully accord with the evidence base; however she stated that, three years on, she was confident that the clinicians recruited after she had left had been able to establish a high quality service, so did not wish to imply any concern about the services they provided.
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She married Business manager Ben Leadsom in 1993 and has two sons and one daughter. Following the birth of her first child, she suffered from postnatal depression for several months.
Leadsom states that Christianity has a central role in her life. She told Tim Ross of The Daily Telegraph: “I am a very committed Christian. I think my values and everything I do is driven by that.” She participates in “various Bible studies groups” with other parliamentarians and prays “all the time” and has discussed her Christian faith openly in a video hosted on the website of the all party parliamentary group Christians in Parliament.
Former Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom confirms leadership bid
According to BBC Andrea Leadsom, who resigned from her role as Commons leader on Wednesday, has announced she is running to be Conservative leader.
Mrs Leadsom, who took part in the last Conservative Party leadership race in 2016, said she would be a “decisive and compassionate leader” who could unite the country.
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