Andy was elected in a by-election for the Middlesbrough Constituency on 29th November 2012 and re-elected to serve as MP in the General Election on 7th May 2015, and again on 8th June 2017. Andy was born in Middlesbrough where he still lives with his wife Sally. Before his election to Parliament, he was a partner in Thompson’s Solicitors leading on Catastrophic Injury cases. Andy served as a local councillor in Middlesbrough between 1995-1999, and was also a governor of Abingdon Primary School, Middlesbrough for fifteen years until 2010 and is currently a member of the Board of Governors of Middlesbrough College. He has also chaired two local charities: The Davison Trust working with and supporting children with special needs and the Teesside Branch of Headway, helping the survivors of brain injuries and their families. Andy was appointed as Shadow Rail Minister in January 2015 and as Shadow Transport Secretary in July 2016.