In Parliament, Andrew has taken up a wide range of issues, especially health, housing, pensions, climate change, international development, and employment in shops and the car industry.
In the Labour Government from 1997 to 2004, Andrew served as Minister for Employment, as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. He brought in Labour's New Deal to help young and long term unemployed people into jobs, oversaw big increases in spending on health, education and overseas aid, and brought in the Pension Credit as well as the Pension Protection Fund.
A member of the shopworkers union USDAW since his time at the Co-op, Andrew chairs the USDAW Parliamentary Group and is a member of the Executive of the Trade Union Group of Labour MPs. He has also worked with Amnesty International on human rights in China.
Find out more about Andrew on his website: http://www.andrewsmithmp.org.uk/