Andrew - pictured shortly after he was first elected
Andrew Turner was first elected as MP for the Isle of Wight on 7th June 2001. In 2005, 2010 and 2015 Andrew was re-elected with a much enlarged majority. He was delighted and very proud of the confidence that so many Islanders placed in him and pledged to carry on representing the Island and all Islanders to the very best of his ability.
Andrew lives in the county town of Newport, right at the heart of the Island. It is a good base to visit every part of the Island. Andrew lists his leisure interests as reading, walking, old movies and avoiding gardening!
Andrew's Experience before being Elected as the Island's MP
Andrew took with him to Westminster considerable experience of government, both local and national, and of the two public services which are valued most by Islanders: health and education. He set up and from 1988 to 1997 ran the Grant-Maintained Schools Foundation, working tirelessly to give new opportunities through self-government to a thousand schools serving over a quarter of the country's secondary pupils. As an education consultant his clients ranged from the Institute of Economic Affairs to the Girls' Day School Trust (which runs Portsmouth High School) and from the US-based Edison Schools to the London Borough of Southwark. Andrew remains passionate to ensure that parents enjoy a wider choice of school for their children, offering a higher standard of education. Now that the Island's education service is being delivered by Hampshire officers he is working hard with all stakeholders to improve the Island's education system.