Physics alumnus Andrew Love MP (1972)
Andy Love is a Labour/Cooperative Member of Parliament for Edmonton.
It is a great privilege and pleasure to represent my constituents in Parliament. The work itself is wide-ranging, including of course Parliamentary debates, proposing legislation and scrutinising the work of the Government. I also hold regular surgeries, in which I meet with my constituents, providing a link between them and Parliament to deal with their problems. Unexpected and exciting things happen on a regular basis as an MP. I frequently meet with a great range of people, from Ian Wright to Billy Bragg. Last year I took part in the Parliamentary tug of war between the Commons and the Lords (we won of course!), not quite what I expected when I became an MP.
When I came to Strathclyde, science was something that fascinated me, so it seemed the obvious subject to study. Although I eventually decided to go into politics, it is still a subject of great interest to me. My Physics degree helped me to develop the critical judgment necessary to do my job and I think Parliament needs more members from a scientific background.
After graduating from University, I moved to London and in 1975, joined the Labour Party. In 1980, I was elected as a Local Authority Councillor, was active in the Labour Party and was also a branch chairman of the Transport and General Workers Union. In 1992, I stood for election to Parliament losing by 573 votes. Following the election, I was appointed Parliamentary Officer of the Cooperative Group of Labour MPs, a position I left due to my election as the MP for Edmonton in 1997.
Since then, I have served on various committees, and I am currently a member of the Treasury Select Committee. I am also a member of numerous Parliamentary Groups including the Lebanon Group, the Sri Lanka Group, and the Small Business Group, all of which I chair. I am currently the Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Healey MP as Minister of State for Local Government at the Department for Communities and Local Government.
The thing I appreciated most at Strathclyde was being a student in the late 60’s and early 70’s. It was a great time to be around and a great time to get interested in politics. I thoroughly enjoyed the demonstrations and sit-ins, the debate and discussions ranging from Vietnam to the Paris student uprising.
Outside of politics, I enjoy reading, the cinema and films, playing golf, and occasionally watching Tottenham Hotspur.