Andrew is a Conservative Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands and leads in Brussels for the European Conservatives and Reformists Group on the Culture and Education Committee and the Regional Development Committee. He grew up in and around Ashbourne, Derbyshire, and studied History at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and then Downing College, Cambridge. Upon returning to Derbyshire he worked in publishing. He was the youngest County Council Leader in the country as Leader of Derbyshire County Council from 2009-13 and served as Deputy Chairman of the Local Government Association from 2011-14. In his time in local government Andrew was Chairman of the UNESCO World Heritage Site The Derwent Valley Mills, founding Chairman of the Derbyshire Health and Wellbeing Board and a founding Director of the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, D2N2. In addition to his duties as an MEP, Andrew is a Governor of the University of Derby, a Director of the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust and a Vice-President of the Local Government Association. In the 2014 New Year Honours List he was awarded an MBE for services to local government.