Andrew Bennett
Andrew Francis Bennett is a British
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 Labour Party
Labour Party (UK)
The Labour Party is a centre-left democratic socialist party in the United Kingdom. It surpassed the Liberal Party in general elections during the early 1920s, forming minority governments under Ramsay MacDonald in 1924 and 1929-1931. The party was in a wartime coalition from 1940 to 1945, after...

 politician, who was a member of Parliament
Member of Parliament
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 from 1974 to 2005.

Early life

Bennett was born in Barton-upon-Irwell
Barton-upon-Irwell is a suburban area of Eccles, Greater Manchester, England.-History:...

. He attended the William Hulme's Grammar School
William Hulme's Grammar School
William Hulme's Grammar School is an Academy in Whalley Range, Manchester, England.-History:WHGS was founded on 26 January 1887 as a grammar school. It ceased to be a direct grant school when the Labour government abolished the scheme, and was therefore forced to become private...

 in Whalley Range. He studied at the University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is a British Redbrick university located in the city of Birmingham, England. It received its royal charter in 1900 as a successor to Birmingham Medical School and Mason Science College . Birmingham was the first Redbrick university to gain a charter and thus...

 gaining a BSocSc (Bachelor of Social Science). A geography teacher from 1960–74, Bennett was elected to Oldham
Oldham is a large town in Greater Manchester, England. It lies amid the Pennines on elevated ground between the rivers Irk and Medlock, south-southeast of Rochdale, and northeast of the city of Manchester...

 Borough Council in 1964, and served on it until 1974.

Parliamentary career

He contested the Knutsford
Knutsford (UK Parliament constituency)
Knutsford was a county constituency in Cheshire which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1885 until it was abolished for the 1983 general election.- Members of Parliament :...

 parliamentary seat in 1970 and was elected to Parliament in February 1974 for the marginal constituency of Stockport North
Stockport North (UK Parliament constituency)
Stockport North was a borough constituency which returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1950 until 1983.-Boundaries:...

, defeating the Conservative
Conservative Party (UK)
The Conservative Party, formally the Conservative and Unionist Party, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom that adheres to the philosophies of conservatism and British unionism. It is the largest political party in the UK, and is currently the largest single party in the House...

 incumbent Idris Owen
Idris Owen
Idris Wyn Owen was a British Conservative Party politician, and Member of Parliament for Stockport North 1970-74.-Biography:...

 by just 203 votes. Following boundary changes, he was elected MP for Denton and Reddish in 1983. From 1983 to 1988 he served on the Labour front bench as a shadow Education and Science minister.

He rebelled against the Labour government on various issues, including the privatisation of National Air Traffic Services
National Air Traffic Services
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He retired at the 2005 general election
United Kingdom general election, 2005
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, and the seat was held for Labour by Andrew Gwynne
Andrew Gwynne
Andrew John Gwynne is a British Labour Party politician and has been the Member of Parliament for Denton and Reddish since 2005, replacing the retiring Andrew Bennett.-Early life:...


Personal life

He married Gillian Lawley in 1961 in Manchester. They have two sons and a daughter.

External links

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