Andrew Bowie (politician)

Andrew Campbell Bowie (born 28 May 1987) is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party politician. He has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine since the 2017 general election,[1] when he unseated the incumbent Scottish National Party MP Stuart Donaldson.[2]

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister
In office
29 December 2018  24 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded bySeema Kennedy
Succeeded byAlex Burghart
Member of Parliament
for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded byStuart Donaldson
Majority7,950 (15.4%)
Personal details
Born (1987-05-28) 28 May 1987
Arbroath, Scotland
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Madeline Clarke
Alma materBritannia Royal Naval College
University of Aberdeen
Websitewww.andrewbowie.org.uk
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch/service Royal Navy
Years of service2007–10
RankSub-Lieutenant

Early life and education

Bowie was born in Arbroath and educated at Inverurie Academy in Aberdeenshire.[3] While studying at Inverurie Academy, Bowie was chosen to join the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, playing the Scottish Fiddle.[4] After leaving school, he joined the Royal Navy and attended Britannia Royal Naval College before serving as an officer, achieving the rank of Sub-Lieutenant. After leaving the Navy, Bowie read History and Politics at the University of Aberdeen, where he was elected Chairman of the University of Aberdeen Conservative and Unionist Association for the 2012/13 academic year.[5]

Career

Early career

After graduating from the University of Aberdeen, Bowie was employed as a Military Projects Coordinator for Westhill-based diving equipment supplier Divex. Bowie left Divex in January 2014 to assume a post as the North Scotland Campaign Manager for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, and was seconded to the Better Together campaign for the duration of the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum. Following the referendum, Bowie transitioned to parliamentary politics by serving as a senior advisor to the Conservative MEP for Scotland Ian Duncan MEP. In 2016, following the Scottish Parliament election, 2016, Bowie was hired as Chief of Staff to Liam Kerr MSP, who was elected as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Member of Scottish Parliament for the North East Scotland region.[5]

Parliamentary career

Bowie was elected as an MP in June 2017. From October that year until June 2018, he was a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee.

In February 2018, Bowie was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport under Matt Hancock, and later under Jeremy Wright.[6]

In December 2018, he was promoted to Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister by Theresa May until her resignation in July 2019.

In August 2019, Bowie was appointed as one of six Vice Chairmen of the Conservative Party.

Bowie was re-elected as the MP for West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine at the 2019 general election.

Electoral history

General election 2019: West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Bowie 22,752 42.7 -5.2
SNP Fergus Mutch 21,909 41.1 +8.6
Liberal Democrats John Waddell 6,263 11.7 +3.1
Labour Patrick Coffield 2,431 4.6 -6.5
Majority 843 1.6 - 13.8
Turnout 53,317 73.4 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing
General election 2017: West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Bowie 24,704 47.9 +19.0
SNP Stuart Donaldson 16,754 32.5 -9.1
Labour Barry Black 5,706 11.1 +6.5
Liberal Democrats John Waddell 4,461 8.6 -12.8
Majority 7,950 15.4 N/A
Turnout 51,625 71.2 -4.0
Conservative gain from SNP Swing

References

  1. "Andrew Bowie MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  2. Davidson, Peter (9 June 2017). "Bowie says 'people have spoken' after landslide win in West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine". Evening Express. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  3. "Bowie, Andrew". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  4. PoliticsHome.com (1 July 2019). "Unparliamentary Language: Andrew Bowie". PoliticsHome.com. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  5. "Who are Scotland's new MPs?". BBC News. 9 June 2017.
  6. McKiernan, Jennifer. "First Scottish Conservative promoted to leave the back benches is Andrew Bowie". Press and Journal. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  7. "General Election 2019". Aberdeenshire Council. Aberdeenshire Council. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  8. "Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  9. https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/media/20933/ukperesultswak.pdf
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Stuart Donaldson
Member of Parliament
for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

2017–present
Incumbent
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